A fight in the parking lot of a Metairie motel led to the arrest of a Tennessee couple accused of trafficking a 19-year-old woman and forcing her into prostitution, authorities said.
Kedrick Lewis, 24, of La Vergne, Tennessee, and Latoria Wilson, 19, of Nashville, were booked Thursday with human trafficking of a person under the age of 21, drug possession and violation of a protective order, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest reports.
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Authorities did not identify the victim in the case, and no details were available about where she is from.
The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a disturbance in the parking lot of a motel in the 6900 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie about 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, authorities said.
Deputies found Lewis and Wilson arguing inside a sport utility vehicle, according to the authorities. Deputies also spotted a gun in the car that was later determined to be stolen, as well as 2 ounces of marijuana.
While conducting the investigation the victim ran out of a nearby motel room and told the deputies she made the 911 call. The woman asked for help and accused Lewis and Wilson of forcing her into prostitution, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The woman told deputies the couple transported her from state to state to conduct prostitution dates against her will, according to authorities. The couple is also accused of physically and mentally abusing the woman.
In addition to the trafficking charge, Lewis was booked with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in connection with drug activity, possession of a stolen firearm and resisting an officer.
Lewis and Wilson were being held Monday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond for Lewis was set at $600,500. Wilson was being held on a $530,000 bond.