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Orlando Man Charged with Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking
Posted at 8:01 AM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-22 08:32:33-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a 75-year-old central Florida man ran a human trafficking ring by recruiting women prisoners and then using them as prostitutes once they were released from prison.

State and local authorities say Richard Rawles recruited female prisoners from the Lowell Correctional Institution State Prison for Women in Ocala.

Once they were released, Rawles took them to Orlando, where he forced them to work as prostitutes.

He was taken into custody on Thursday.