Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

A  13-year-old girl went to the Hollywood police department to say she had been held against her will in a small apartment for a about a week and was sold to five men for sex, police said.

James Edward Capers, Jr., 36, of Hollywood, was arrested Thursday.

Hollywood Police Detective Debra Levy said during a bond court hearing Friday that the girl identified Capers as “Junior” after looking at a lineup of photographs.

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James Edward Capers, Jr., 36, of Hollywood, during a bond court appearance on Friday. (Broward County courts, courtesy)

“An independent witness saw her fleeing from the residence and positively identified Capers,” Levy told Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica. “I do have concern, your honor, for the victim’s safety because of the nature of the crime and the element involved in this situation.”

Capers, who works as a roofer, shook his head as Mollica read the charges — of kidnapping, human trafficking, and two counts of lewd or lascivious battery — that he faces.

Two other men and a woman also lived in the apartment, according to testimony.

Mollica ordered Capers held without bond until he goes before a trial judge.

She also ordered him to not contact the child or her family and said he could not go within a mile of their home.

Capers must also not contact any minors and cannot have firearms. If he is released before trial, he will have to wear a GPS monitor, Mollica said.

Article from: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/hollywood/fl-ne-hollywood-james-capers-human-trafficking-20181001-story.html