TAMPA — A man and a woman are facing human trafficking charges for using the controversial classified advertising website Backpage.com to advertise a young girl for prostitution, according to Tampa police.
Terrance A. Foreman, 46, and Michelle K. Green brought the girl to Tampa, where they rented a room at the Clarion Hotel at 2701 N Fowler Ave., according to police. Foreman then placed an ad on Backpage.com offering Green and the girl for prostitution, police said.
The girl was forced to stay with Foreman and Green and threatened with physical abuse if she did not comply, according to an arrest report.
The scheme was uncovered late Thursday, when Green was snared in a police prostitution sting, according to an arrest report. She offered to have sex with an undercover police officer in exchange for $250, the report stated.
Police later rescued the young girl, who told of being forced into the situation under threats from Foreman and Green, police said. She said Foreman would keep 50 percent of the money she made.
Foreman, whose arrest report lists a home address in the small town of Hastings, in St. John's County, was held in the Hillsborough County jail without bail on human trafficking, false imprisonment and prostitution charges. Green, of Largo, faces similar charges and was also held without bail.