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

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Mark Saulsberry, 35, was arrested Friday on suspicion of human trafficking. Saulsberry, who also goes by the name Mark Walton, is pictured in a mugshot from Harris County.

San Antonio police arrested a man and woman Friday on suspicion of human trafficking after a 27-year-old Kentucky woman claimed the couple drugged her and transported her across state lines.

Mark Saulsberry, 35, and Charlotte Ulrich, 26, were arrested early Friday morning and charged with trafficking of persons, a second-degree felony punishable up to 20 years in prison.

According to police, the 27-year-old victim came to the attention of police around 3:30 a.m. Friday after she escaped a hotel near the San Antonio International Airport and approached airport police.

The woman, who appeared to be under the influence, told police that she had gone on a date with Saulsberry in Kentucky and had agreed to travel with him to Tennessee.

When they got to Tennessee, the woman said, Saulsberry asked her if she would be interested in making money by going on dates with men. The woman told Saulsberry she wasn’t interested, police said.

At some point, according to police, Saulsberry gave the woman a drink. She reported feeling dizzy and disoriented. She fell asleep and woke up some time later at the hotel in San Antonio.

The woman also told police that at some point, Ulrich pointed a stun gun at her and threatened to harm her if she left.

Early Friday morning, after the couple went to sleep, the woman escaped the hotel room and ran until she encountered the officers.

“We certainly commend her for doing that,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio police. “That was extremely brave.”

Saulsberry, while being escorted to jail by police officers, denied that he or Ulrich were involved in any sort of human trafficking. He said he grew up with the victim and didn’t know why she would fabricate such claims.

“We did not traffic that girl,” Saulsberry told reporters. “I work a full-time job.”

According to public records, Saulsberry is from Tennessee. He has been arrested in Harris County on charges of theft over $750, for which he was later convicted, and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Saulsberry, who also goes by the name Mark Walton, was also arrested in Tennessee on suspicion of domestic assault causing bodily harm, stalking, theft and vandalism. It is not clear how many of those arrests resulted in convictions.

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