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Florida Keys Man Charged With Sex Trafficking

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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Key West man was charged Saturday with sex trafficking, and authorities say it’s the first such arrest in Monroe County.

Derrick Wilson was charged with coercing a North Carolina woman into having a sex for money, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

Jail records did not show whether Wilson had an attorney.

The woman, whose name was not released, told detectives she came to the Keys in February with her boyfriend, but the couple argued and she left the boat where they were staying, Herrin said.

The woman then met someone at a convenience store who offered her a place to stay and crack cocaine, which the woman had not used in the past. After spending several days using the drug, the woman met Wilson, who offered her a place to stay and more crack cocaine, Herrin said.

Eventually, Wilson told the woman he would only give her more drugs in exchange for money she earned from sexual encounters he arranged for her or from work he found for her at a strip club, Herrin said.

The woman told investigators that Wilson threatened to beat her if she didn’t make money for him, and she said she felt like she didn’t have a choice because she had no family in Florida.

The woman escaped March 13 while Wilson was sleeping and ran to a nearby fire station for help, according to the sheriff’s office. Evidence found at Wilson’s home supports the woman’s story, Herrin said.

Wilson was held at the Monroe County jail. His bond was set at $100,000.

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