Deputies: Man, woman arrested for human trafficking

Deputies find victim of human trafficking

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Polk County deputies said they arrested a man and woman after they discovered a victim during a well-being check.

Deputies said on Thursday, they were called to a home at 704 Byni Ridge Drive in Winter Haven to do a well-being check on a 21-year-old woman.

Deputies said said they found the woman at the home who confirmed she was being held against her will, and was beaten. 

Deputies believed she was a victim of human trafficking and after questioning 21-year-old Marisol Rodriguez and 29-year-old Devon Dixon, they determined the pair were involved in human trafficking of the victim.

Rodriguez has been booked into the Polk County Jail, where she is being held on $10,500 bond.

Rodriguez has been in the Polk County Jail on five prior occasions deputies said, but Dixon does not have a Polk County arrest history.

"Human Trafficking is one of those crimes you hear about and hope to never find in your backyard.  Unfortunately, it has happened here in Polk County.  We will work with this victim to get her the physical and psychological help she needs to recover from this heinous crime, and we will work with the State Attorney's Office to ensure these two suspects are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Sheriff Grady Judd.


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