Shawn Anthony Lewis, 35, was charged with one count of human trafficking after an undercover investigation by the Collier County Sheriff's Officediscovered one of his alleged victims.
Prosecutors alleged Lewis founded and operated an escort service called "Perfect 10Companions" and received the proceeds from commercial sex acts committed by women employees in multiple jurisdictions in and out of Florida.
Lewis pleaded guilty in December in Lee County Circuit Court to 14 counts of living off the earnings of a prostitute. He's serving a 15-month sentence at the Florida State Prison in Raiford.
The latest charge is the product of a separate investigation and is the first instance of a "Perfect 10 Companions" escort working against her will through threats, coercion and violence, but may not be the last.
"There could still be people who were victims of this and we encourage them to come forward," said Det. Andy Henchesmoore, of the Collier County Sheriff's Office's Human Trafficking Unit.
The victim, described as a woman in her early 20s, was unearthed during a prostitution sting on July 3, 2013. That same day, the victim gave a sworn statement to investigators about her four months as a prostitute.
Lewis contacted the victim through Facebook in November 2012 after the victim's sister committed suicide, according to an arrest affidavit.
Lewis befriended the victim and her roommate, buying meals and presents for their children. After several months, Lewis convinced the victim to work "just doing massages," according to the affidavit.
Shortly after, Lewis showed the victim a video he'd secretly recorded of her performing a sex act on a customer. He threatened to have the victim's 2-year-old son taken by showing the Florida Department of Children and Families the video. He also threatened to show her family, according to the affidavit.
For the next several months, the victim told Lewis she didn't want to want to work as a prostitute, but Lewis would charge her a "fine" to take a day off. He told the victim she could stop working for him for $10,000.
Lewis kept all proceeds from the victim's work as payment toward that "debt." The victim was transported to locations in Florida and to Bridgewater, N.J. for commercial sex, according to the affidavit.
During this time, Lewis grew so angry he would choke the victim and scream at her. She told investigators she was afraid of him because of "the videos and the face that when he gets angry … he gets angry ... and the fact I'm scared that he possibly get angry and like he's told me he'd killed," she said, according to the affidavit.
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