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Published on April 12, 2024
Broward County Man Charged with Trafficking Disabled Woman in Miami Sting OpSource: Miami-Dade Corrections

A Broward County man was thrown behind bars, accused of selling a disabled woman for sex in Miami-Dade, officials said yesterday. The State Attorney's Office revealed that 27-year-old Justin Elias Portes allegedly arranged a $140 deal for sexual services on MegaPersonals, a classified hookup website, with the 31-year-old victim.

As reported by Local10, the sting operation was set up by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's Human Trafficking Task Force and the Miami Police Department. An undercover officer met the victim at a Miami hotel, where she received $200 as part of the bust.

Portes, already on an ankle monitor for an unrelated DUI and drug possession case, was apprehended by law enforcement as part of the undercover action. Following his exchange with the victim, tactical officers moved in to detain him. "To know that you would take advantage of a child or someone with cognitive and physical disabilities to try to sell and exploit them, to exploit their bodies, is just inhumane," Fernandez Rundle stated, according to NBC Miami.

During his arrest, running an investigation on his electronic devices was given the consent by Portes. He had previously contacted the victim on April 5, inquiring if she wanted to "boost" her page, which detectives clarified referred to updating advertisements for solicitation purposes.

The crackdown comes as Miami gears up for the high-profile Miami Grand Prix event next month, an occasion that the State Attorney's Office warns is often linked with a surge in human trafficking incidents. The SAO is getting tough on traffickers, sending out a message that such vile acts won't fly in Miami-Dade County. Portes is now facing charges including human trafficking and directing another to prostitution, with a judge ordering him to stay away from the victim.

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