Las Vegas couple accused of kidnapping, forcing teen into sex slavery

A Las Vegas couple is accused of kidnapping and forcing a 16-year-old girl into sex slavery. The victim was rescued by her mom who found out where the accused pimp lives and confronted him, then called 911, according to an arrest report.

Police say Maurice Fitzgerald, 36, and Saundra Brown, 37, were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a teenage girl for two days and forcing her to have sex for money.

The two reportedly met the teen back in December but it wasn’t until January 2017 when police say Fitzgerald became hostile toward the girl, “spitting on her” and threatening to shoot and kill her while demanding she “start working as a prostitute.”

According to the arrest report, Fitzgerald brought the 16-year-old girl to the area of Nellis and Stewart to walk the streets to sell marijuana and to sell sex.

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The suspects allegedly forced the victim to post advertisements online at - a website often associated with the illegal trade.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, celebrity and humanitarian Ashton Kutcher gave emotional testimony about human trafficking. His company “Thorn” works with law enforcement to create computer software to combat the issue.

“The right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away ... it's raped, it's abused,” said Kutcher.

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This latest local trafficking case comes just days after a new study into the topic was released by Arizona State University and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

“It affects all ages, all demographics ... both sexes, nobody is immune to this,” said LVMPD Capt. Sasha Larkin.

The case study revealed that most of the sex trafficking cases identified were never prosecuted - mostly due to the victim’s hesitancy to testify in court.

“They're victims in this crime ... and we want people to approach it like that and not look at them like criminals ... and it's not their business. It's all of our business this is a community problem,” said Larkin.

As for Fitzgerald, he is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail. Brown remains in custody with her bail set at $250,000. Both suspects are due back in court in March.

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