Monday, May 11, 2009

More details regarding Florida sex trafficking case emerge

By NATALIE SHEPHERD | News Channel 8
and STEPHEN THOMPSON | The Tampa Tribune

Published: May 11, 2009

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At least one of the victims in a human-trafficking case investigated by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office was brought to an exotic dance club in Pinellas County, where she was forced to dance and perform sex acts, according to jail records.

The victim's name is not being printed due to the nature of the crime.

Corinna Daylene Shaffer, one of three suspects arrested Saturday in the case, drove the victim from Feb. 16 to 26 to the Vegas Showgirls Nightclub, 10570 Gandy Blvd., Shaffer's arrest affidavits say. There, the victim, under the fake name Lisa Leithead, was forced to dance and perform sex acts, the affidavits say.

Jail records say Shaffer, 24, works for Vegas Showgirls and goes by the name Lacy Dream. Attempts to elicit a comment from the club were unsuccessful today. A News Channel 8 crew was run off the property today, and calls to the club's attorney were not consummated or returned.

Shaffer took whatever money the victim earned at Vegas Showgirls and gave it to Kenyatta Cornelous, 38, the affidavits say. Cornelous was also arrested Saturday. Shaffer acted as the victim's handler, watching her continuously so she wouldn't try to escape, the affidavits say.

The victim was also raped during the 10 days in February, the affidavits say, and was told she would be killed if she told anyone.

Sheriff's investigators also arrested Edward Jones, 47. All three suspects list their address as 10214 Tarpon Drive, Treasure Island. Sheriff's detectives described it as a kind of prison for the women who were kept there and made to dance and have sex at clubs in the Tampa Bay area.

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