Fort Worth Man Arrested After Woman Gives DPS Clerk Note Saying She Was Human Trafficking Victim

A Fort Worth man was arrested Tuesday after a woman getting an ID card slipped a clerk a note saying she was being trafficked, according to police documents. The woman, who was not identified, went to a Texas Department of Public Safety office to get her ID when she passed the clerk a note that said "I'm a victim of human traficin [sic]," according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KXAS-TV (NBC5). The woman pointed out two people, who were detained, and told officials that she wanted to get away from the abuse. Austin John Marshall, 23, was arrested on a charge of compelling prostitution. The woman told officials she met Marshall in February 2018. They moved in together with another man in September. Soon after, the woman said, Marshall became violent, which she thought was because of the stress of paying rent, the affidavit stated. She said Marshall threatened to harm her two dogs, choked her until she was unconscious and told her she needed to make money selling her body, according to the police documents. The woman told officials Marshall that showed her where to go and what to charge people, and threatened to kill her father if she did not continue. He also wanted to sell naked photos of her online, she said. She said she continued to prostitute herself from November until Feb. 25 and was forced to give the money she made to Marshall or the man they were living with, the affidavit stated. Marshall was not listed in jail records Monday night.   Continue reading...

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