(Memphis) Women were beaten, held at gunpoint, forced into prostitution, and made to give up their money, according to police.
A police affidavit revealed one of the victims came to Memphis from Atlanta hoping to be paid for having sex, but when police found her at a hotel near the airport, it turned out she got more than she bargained for.
The Greyhound bus station was the victim’s first stop when she arrived in town with the promise of getting paid.
She came here to have sex with Jamin Renfroe.
According to police, Renfroe had something else in mind when he arranged her trip.
The woman was held against her will at gunpoint and forced into prostitution.
“Sex trafficking is quite a big problem here in Tennessee,” Rachel Sumner, spokesperson for Restore Corps, said.
The organization aims to put a stop to human trafficking.
Sumner said Shelby County is one of four counties in the state dealing with this problem the most.
“If someone cannot leave the situation that they’re in whether it be through fear, through fraud, through coercion, through as you mentioned through this particular case the threat of gunpoint, then it absolutely leads that person to being held in bonds that she cannot break,” Sumner explained.
It was a nightmare also for another woman police said Renfroe forced to live in fear for more than six months.
Both women were forced to hand over all of their cash after sex and were beaten several times.
The police affidavit reveals, the women were “fearful of their life when Renfroe pointed the gun at them.”
“One of the many ways that a controller, a trafficker, or a pimp controls the women that he’s prostituting… is that idea of fear,” Sumner said.
According to police, Renfroe did not work alone.
The victims said when Renfroe was not around, Shaquita Beans took over.
Beans’ job was to make sure no one got away.
“Some people don’t have that much strength in them,” Sumner said.
One victim did.
Somehow, she called her family, who led police to the hotel next to the airport.
Renfroe and Beans were arrested and appeared in court on Friday.
They are both being held on a quarter of a million dollars bond.