Opa-locka Man Arrested in ‘Savage' Human Trafficking Case

A South Florida man faces numerous charges in another case of human trafficking the state attorney called "horrific" and "savage."

Curtis Bell, 41, of Opa-locka, is accused of luring a young woman to work for him as an escort and told her she wouldn't have to have sex with clients, according to an arrest report.

But police say that changed, and Bell brought her to a hotel room and charged clients up to $250 to have sex with the victim, pocketing the money for himself.

When the victim tried to get away, the two got into an argument, which led to Bell choking her multiple times until she was unconscious, police said.

The victim woke up, bleeding from her ears, and did not know where she was, police said. She called her mother and ended up in the ICU with a fractured skull.

State Attorney Katherine Rundle said both cops and hospital personnel recognized this as more than a domestic violence case. 

"It's horrific, it's savage, it's brutal and regrettably, it's another example, of what we keep encountering in this torture that we find is involved in human trafficking, which is a modern-day form of slavery," Rundle said.

The victim was able to identify Bell as her attacker. He was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of second-degree murder, human trafficking, deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution and false imprisonment, according to online jail records. Attorney information was not available.

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