A man and a woman were arrested at the South River Suites hotel in Medley in connection with human trafficking early Thursday morning.
Medley Police arrived at the hotel at 5.34am Thursday after a woman was allegedly robbed at gunpoint.
According to a police report, the woman told patrol officers that one of the men who robbed her had come to her hotel room to engage in prostitution.
Further investigation by Medley detectives revealed that the woman was a possible victim of human trafficking by a couple who hired her for prostitution.
According to the police report, the woman said she met Raul Jimenez Rodriguez, in the early months of 2021 while working at a cafeteria in Miami.
The woman told police Jimenez Rodriguez said she was very pretty and could make a lot of money working as a prostitute. He told her he would set up commercials and prostitution dates for her and take a percentage of the proceeds, according to the report.
According to police, the woman said Jimenez Rodriguez and a woman named Grettel Caceres Crego would post advertisements for her online and transport her to various hotels and motels in Miami-Dade County to engage in prostitution.
The woman also said that Jimenez Rodriguez introduced her and provided her with crystal meth and cocaine, which she is now addicted to.
The woman said Jimenez Rodriguez would lacerate her marijuana with crystal meth, without her knowledge. The drugs would “alter her mindset and reality,” allowing Jimenez Rodriguez to facilitate more prostitution arrangements for her, according to the police report.
The woman also told police that Jimenez Rodriguez would use a webcam to record sex acts during her prostitution dates for her personal collection of pornography, to which she never consented.
According to the police report, the woman had a prostitution date scheduled for Wednesday night at the South River Suites.
She told police that in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 20, Jimenez Rodriguez and Caceres Crego transported her to the Princess Motel in Miami for a second prostitution date, arranged by Caceres Crego using his cell phone.
The woman said that after the second date, Jimenez Rodriguez and Caceres Crego took her back to the South River Suites in Medley for a third prostitution date, also arranged by Caceres Crego.
According to police, the woman went to room 361 of the South River Suites to meet the client while Jimenez Rodriguez and Caceres Crego waited downstairs in their car.
The woman said that when the client arrived in the room, another subject came in and robbed her at gunpoint, taking one of her cell phones and other belongings. She said she then went down to the hotel reception to call the police.
When police arrived, a search of Jimenez Rodriguez’s vehicle revealed approximately 6.98 grams of crystal meth, four MDMA tablets and a loaded black handgun with a full magazine, the report said.
Jimenez Rodriguez and Caceres Crego have been arrested and are scheduled to appear in bond court on Friday.