Man locked girl in van outside of Orange County bar for sex, deputies say

Man charged with human trafficking of 17-year-old girl

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - A 17-year-old girl who ran away from home claims an Orlando man locked her inside his broken down van and forced her to have sex with strange men.

Orange County sheriff's investigators say Rafael Rosario, 48, had the girl stand outside of J & J Sports Bar at night where he would find men who wanted to have sex with her. They would go around back to his van, where the men would pay him for sexual favors with the girl.

During the day, she told investigators she was locked inside the van and was only allowed out to shower at a friend's house or clean up inside the bar.

She was interviewed by Department of Children and Families in Polk County.

Authorities arrested Rosario on April 23 and charged him with human trafficking of a minor for sex. He also faces charges of possessing drugs with a firearm.

Due to the severity of the charges, he's being held in the Orange County jail without bail.

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