MIAMI (AP) - Prosecutors say six young women from Cuba who agreed to work as exotic dancers to pay off a $20,000 smuggling fee were instead forced into sex slavery in Miami.
El Nuevo Hearld (http://hrld.us/2f17kKY ) reports the women were locked up, mistreated and forced into prostitution until they were rescued by police in September.
Court documents show 31-year-old Silvio Clark Morales offered to find them jobs as strippers in Miami. In turn, they agreed to pay him $100 a day from their earnings until they paid off the fee. Once they got to Miami, the women say Morales increased the debt to $55,000 and forced them into prosecution.
Morales was arrested Sept. 6. He faces trial later this month on 16 charges including sexual trafficking. An attorney wasn't listed on court records.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.