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He told a human-trafficking victim he would 'save her,' police said. Instead, he forced her into prostitution.

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Source: MEGA; Miami Springs police

Jan. 2 2022, Published 2:19 p.m. ET

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A man told a woman that he would “save her” from prostitution. Instead, he took her to another state where he forced her to have sex, police said.

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On Dec. 30, police in Miami Springs, Florida, responded to a hotel for a possible human trafficking incident. When officers arrived, the victim said she was being prostituted by Dennis Washington.

Officers found Washington in the hotel and detained him, according to Miami Springs police. While they were waiting for his background check report, Washington charged at police and started to fight with them. Eventually, police took him into custody.

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Investigators said the victim was recruited in the Chicago area in November and was being forced into prostitution by another man.

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Washington told the victim he could “save her” and she left with him, police noted. The victim was given drugs and woke up the next morning with her money and identification taken.

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The victim said Washington told her that she was going to prostitute for him, according to Miami Springs police. Washington arranged dates for the victim and forced her to have sex.

On Dec. 28, Washington took the victim from Illinois to Florida, where he continued to force her to prostitute, police said.

Washington was charged with battery on a police officer, human trafficking, unlawful use of a communication device, prostitution, cannabis possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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