The Internet can be a dangerous place and it seems that adults are now in need of the same Internet safety classes as children these days. Take one Floridian model who traveled up to New York to meet a man she met on Instagram, only to be forced into sex slavery for 12 days.
After posting pics of herself on the photo sharing site, the 23-year-old victim began engaging in conversation with Kevon Attz, a 28-year-old Brooklyn pimp that liked her photos. As the New York Daily News reported, Attz promised her $150 in traveling money to come visit him in the Big Apple. The victim, a model for the Florida Modeling Network whose name is being withheld, also accepted his offer to financially take care of both her and her two children.
She left her kids at home and came up to New York — where she was held captive in a hotel room, without food, sleep or any way to get out. According to a criminal complaint, the victim said that Attz threatened he “would beat her, kill her or throw her in the river if she does not engage in prostitution.” She claimed Attz and another woman named Melissa drove the victim around Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey to various hotels where she would be forced to perform sexual acts on various johns.
When the victim was able to call her mother with a request for money, Attz and Melissa found out and forced her to take out the wired cash and hand it to them. Thankfully, the victim was able to get a few minutes alone in the East Flatbush check-cashing store, where she told the manager that she had been kidnapped and needed help. The manager called the police and Attz was arrested. Now jailed at Rikers Island for sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and unlawful imprisonment, Attz is being held on $450,000 bail.
Let this be a reminder to us all to be very, very careful about people we meet over the Internet.