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Lutz man sentenced for sex trafficking, drug charges

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Andrew Blane Fields. Image courtesy HIllsborough County Sheriff's Office (2011) Andrew Blane Fields. Image courtesy HIllsborough County Sheriff's Office (2011)
A 62-year-old Lutz man has been sentenced to 33 years and nine months in prison after a jury convicted him or sex trafficking and narcotics charges related to sex trafficking.

Investigators say Andrew Blane Fields
identified vulnerable young women working as prostitutes or exotic dancers, lured them with promises of safe transportation and protection, and introduced them to increasingly addictive amounts of drugs.  Fields then manipulated five victims to prostitute themselves in exchange for another dose of drugs. 

During the trial, the victims testified that they were scared of withdrawal sickness.  One of the victims testified that Fields, while watching her suffer through the onset of withdrawal symptoms, told her, “I’ll give you one pill.  I’m not going to give you another until you get up and go to work.  And you know you need another.”

The case was investigated jointly by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Clearwater, Fla., Police Department through their participation on the Clearwater Area Human Trafficking Task Force. 

Investigators seized more than 4,000 prescription pills from Fields' home.  They also found a notebook where Fields recorded victims' debts, ads for prostitution, and books about pimping.


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