Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, have arrested seven adults and charged them with keeping a 16-year-old boy as a sex slave in a filthy trailer for a year.
The victim was discovered during an investigation of another missing teen from Louisiana, according to Fox 61.
Police in Louisiana alerted Florida officials that a 17-year-old had gone missing and may have been lured via a gaming app called Discord.
The subsequent St. Petersburg police investigation led officials to the trailer where the teen was discovered. Along with the Louisiana teen, another missing teen was discovered living in a trailer with four adult men:
Suspect Andrew Barry Dennis initially told police the younger teen was his son, but the ruse was quickly debunked.
Police soon identified the younger boy as a Marion County, Florida, teen who disappeared a year ago when he was 15.
Prosecutors now say the boy was lured to the trailer by Eleanor Faye McGlamory, another suspect arrested this week.
The boy was allegedly then forced into sexual slavery.
“For the next year, [the 15-year-old teen] was introduced to sadomasochism and used as a sex slave by Mark and Andrew Dennis, Gruwell, Schwartz, and their associates, Michael Ray Blasdel and JR Gauthier,” police said in a news release.
Police also said the teen was withheld from school and never received medical attention.
Police charged Mark Earl Dennis, Andrew Barry Dennis, Curtis Lee Gruwell, Eleanor Faye McGlamory, Michael Wayne Schwartz, Michael Ray Blasdel, and JR Gauthier with human trafficking. Blasdel, Gauthier, and the two Dennises have been hit with a charge of sexual battery of a child under 16:
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