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Police looking for other victims of human trafficking, child pornography

Martin Thomas Wright, 23, charged with crimes

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation is searching for victims after announcing the arrest of a man they say exploited teenage girls by posting them on internet sites for commercial sex.

Martin Thomas Wright, 23, faces numerous charges that include human trafficking of a minor and 19 counts of child pornography.

Investigators said an 18-year-old high school student first contacted police in February and told them she was a victim of human trafficking at the hands of Wright.

A day later, a 16-year-old student also came forward and said Wright forced her to engage in commercial sex acts, according to police.

"He would drive them to appointments where they would perform sex acts for money.  He would then take the money," said MBI Director Ron Stucker.

Agents said wright advertised the sex for money on the website backpage.com.  After receiving records from the website and interviewing the victims, Wright was taken into custody.

At a news conference Friday, State Attorney Jeff Ashton said there could be more teenage victims.

"If you're out there (and) if you're wanting our help, we're here to help you.  We can do it," said Ashton.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings also offered tips to parents of a teenager who may be a victim.  Demings said to look for signs such as changes in typical behavior.

"Parents, look at those cellphones.  Look at the social media that your children are involved in and it will probably be very telling to you," said Demings.

Anyone who is also a victim or has information about additional victims is asked to call the Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888.


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