|July 3, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today filed charges against a Lee County man, Shawn Anthony Lewis, 35, for one count of human trafficking. Lewis is currently incarcerated due to a conviction in a statewide prostitution ring operated out of his escort service “Perfect 10 Companions.” During the investigation of the prostitution ring, Collier County law enforcement officers discovered a human trafficking victim, who was allegedly forced to engage in prostitution in state and out of state. According to the investigation, Lewis used threats, intimidation and coercion to control the victim and force her into sexual activity in Collier, Lee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Lewis allegedly blackmailed the victim by threatening to send sexual videos of her to her family and the Department of Children and Families in order to try to get them to take her two-year-old child.
“Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking and my Office of Statewide Prosecution will aggressively prosecute this defendant for this abhorrent crime,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“This investigation demonstrates that human trafficking will not be tolerated in Collier County,” said Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. “This is a crime that exploits human beings for forced sex or labor, and it’s critical that those responsible be brought to justice.”
Human Trafficking is a first degree felony and is punishable up to 30 years in prison. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.