Associated Press Release
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Two men have been charged with leading a human-trafficking ring involving at least 16 women in the Tampa Bay area.
Peter D. Kitt and Shawn D. Franklin were each being held Friday on $1 million bond on charges of racketeering and conspiracy.
Authorities say the women were recruited from strip clubs and sent to a brothel in Pinellas County to become prostitutes. They were routinely given drugs and beaten.
Attorney General Pam Bondi called the women's captivity akin to "modern-day slavery."
Bondi's office, the Clearwater Police Department and eight other law enforcement agencies partnered in the investigation.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.