By Red Power Media, Staff
A human trafficking victim says her alleged captor forced her into prostitution when she was a juvenile, and she feared for her life. This is just one of the details revealed in court about a sex trafficking investigation and drug bust in Sioux Falls.
The Sioux Falls Police Department says undercover investigators answered a prostitution-related online advertisement Tuesday and arranged to meet with two women. Officers then detained the women and learned they were being forced into prostitution.
Police say the individuals suspected of trafficking the women were later arrested. Authorities say the charges against the 25-year-old man and 32-year-old woman include first-degree human trafficking.
During the operation, officers searched a Sioux Falls home and arrested two other people. The charges against the 28-year-old woman and 24-year-old man include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The following six people now face charges:
Jerrid Lee Morris, 25, of Sioux Falls: 1st Degree Human Trafficking and Maintaining a Place Where Drugs are Kept or Sold
Duwanda Annette Smiley, 32, of Sioux Falls: 1st Degree Human Trafficking and Maintaining a Place Where Drugs are Kept or Sold.
A judge has set bond at $250,000 for Morris and $100,000 for Smiley. Morris’s bond is higher, because Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan says he played a more violent role in the crimes.
Shaves Brown and his wife Ycenia Brown, do not face human trafficking charges, but face several drug charges:
Shaves Lee Brown, 24, of Sioux Falls: Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Violation of a Drug Free Zone, Inhabiting a Room Knowing Drugs are Kept or Used There and Possession or Use Drug Paraphernalia.
Ycenia Delores Brown, 28, of Sioux Falls: Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Violation of a Drug Free Zone and Possession or Use Drug Paraphernalia.
Two more suspects also appeared in court who were not mentioned in an initial release from investigators. Tatiana Williams and Joshua Stephens both face drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance.
Morris and Smiley each face up to 25 years in prison.