SALT LAKE CITY (PIX11/AP) — Police are questioning a man after a woman told them she was abducted from a New York City street, beaten and forced into prostitution before she escaped in downtown Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City police Detective Robin Heiden says police found the 23-year-old woman in a downtown parking lot after she called 911 about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Police say the woman told them she was kidnapped two or three weeks ago and was beaten so badly she lost consciousness. She says she tried unsuccessfully to escape in Denver from a man who was driving a black Mercedes Benz.
The woman is now in the hospital.
According to FOX13, Police have arrested a New York man, Jean Joseph, and a woman, Tara Pinnock, in connection with the alleged kidnapping. Joseph faces felony charges of rape, aggravated assault, aggravated human trafficking and kidnapping. Pinnock faces human trafficking charges.
The victim told police she was first attacked near Port Authority Terminal, where Joseph allegedly beaten her until she lost consciousness, then raped her while Pinnock stood guard. She claims he then forced her into prostitution.