|July 10, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today joined the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Tampa Police Department to announce that two Orlando men have been arrested and charged with human trafficking and other related charges. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Kempfer, 48, and Montavius Rakeem Postell, 22, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Tampa Police Department, and the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. The sex trafficking victim was a 15-year-old girl who was threatened with violence and provided drugs to coerce her into prostitution.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Office of Statewide Prosecution to obtain a warrant for Postell’s arrest, charging him with one count of Human Trafficking, two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Victim Aged 12-16, and one count of Promoting Sexual Activity of a Victim Under 16. They also obtained a warrant to file human trafficking charges against Kempfer, who is currently in the Polk County Jail on previous charges.
"Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, and I commend the Sheriff's Offices of Polk and Orange counties, the Tampa Police Department and my Office of Statewide Prosecution for their work to arrest two men engaged in the sex trafficking of a minor in our state. We must stop these atrocities from occurring in Florida and throughout our country,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“Here is but one example of how prostitution is not a ‘victimless crime,’ and even worse, this is an example of a how a juvenile was being used as a sex slave. This young girl was given drugs, physically beaten and sexually abused, and—because she was too young to even drive—she was driven around and prostituted out by these two despicable men. We will continue to cooperate with agencies statewide to combat human trafficking in Florida,” stated Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
The investigation began on May 8, 2013, when the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive undercover prostitution investigation that resulted in 92 arrests for solicitation of prostitution or deriving proceeds from prostitution. During that investigation, a 15-year-old girl was arrested for prostitution, along with 48-year-old Michael Kempfer. Kempfer had driven the girl to the undercover location, but he later claimed he was not involved in “pimping her out” or in human trafficking. He was arrested at that time for one count of Driving While License Suspended and one count of Deriving Proceeds from Prostitution.
Polk County detectives established a rapport with the 15-year-old girl and subsequently identified her as a victim of human trafficking and lewd battery. The Polk County detectives worked with gang detectives from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and identified her “pimp” as 22-year-old Montavius Rakeem Postell, a.k.a. “King.” According to the affidavit, Postell was arrested by Orange County Sheriff’s Office for selling cocaine in March 2013, and during his 12 hours of incarceration, he made numerous calls to the victim to discuss her ability to raise his bond money by prostituting herself.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the defendants.