Sex trafficking case: Woman escapes from pimp, court hears



A younger girl made two harrowing makes an attempt to flee her vicious pimp — together with leaping out a third-story window — earlier than being rescued by a ride-share driver who engaged in a gunfight with the person, prosecutors in Seattle mentioned.

Winston Burt, 30, who makes use of the road title “Dice Capone,” was arrested shortly afterward as he was leaving a rental dwelling accompanied by different ladies he had trafficked, authorities mentioned.

The 20-year-old girl who escaped had been taken from California to Seattle to carry out intercourse acts for cash, prosecutors mentioned in charging paperwork in King County Superior Court. She first tried to flee Burt by leaping almost bare from the excessive window, they mentioned. She lastly succeeded after operating from his automobile and sitting topless on a freeway till the ride-share driver helped her.

The girl, recognized solely by her initials, H.A., was taken to a hospital with accidents together with black eyes, damaged ribs, a damaged leg and spinal accidents.

Burt was being held on US$750,000 bail and is ready to be arraigned Thursday. It was not instantly clear if he had an legal professional who would possibly converse on his behalf. Details of the case have been first reported by The Seattle Times.

His avenue title was tattooed on the faces of a minimum of two of the ladies he trafficked as a form of model, authorities mentioned.

“The defendant leads a intercourse trafficking enterprise that has operated in a minimum of three U.S. states involving a number of victims, who’ve been exploited, harmed and maimed by the defendant’s violent and coercive actions,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Benjamin Gauen wrote in charging papers.

According to investigators, Burt, H.A. and two different younger ladies arrived in Seattle a few month in the past. They stayed in a US$1.4 million, six-bedroom dwelling close to Seward Park in South Seattle that was rented by means of Airbnb.

Burt would drive the ladies to a stretch of Aurora Avenue in North Seattle the place prostitution is widespread and guarantee they’d rooms at a motel for his or her “dates,” the charging papers mentioned. Each girl was anticipated to make a minimum of US$2,000 per day; they turned over all the cash, and he offered meals, garments and housing and managed them utterly, the charging paperwork mentioned.

H.A. advised police she had been “working” for Burt for about 4 months in California and Arizona, in addition to Seattle, in line with paperwork. It was solely previously few weeks, after she and one other girl mentioned they needed to stop prostitution and return dwelling, that he began beating her, she mentioned.

He attacked the opposite girl, recognized as S.T., within the rental dwelling, kicking and pistol-whipping her till her eyes swelled shut, prosecutors mentioned, and he compelled the opposite ladies to take part within the assault, as effectively.

On Nov. 2, he equally beat and pistol-whipped H.A. after she mentioned she needed to go away, prosecutors mentioned. Her lip cut up open so badly that it seemed to be hanging off her face, she advised police.

For three days after that, she remained caught on the rental dwelling, prosecutors mentioned, with no cellphone, cash or anyplace to go. Her face was swollen and he or she suffered excessive rib ache.

Saturday night, Burt started punching her once more and ordered her to take off the garments he had given her, Gauen wrote.

Wearing solely underwear, she tried to flee out the entrance door, however Burt picked her up and slammed her to the bottom, he wrote. Fearing she can be killed, she ran upstairs with Burt chasing her after which jumped from the third-story window.

She landed on the bottom, hobbled into the road and flagged down a automobile with two ladies inside. As she spoke to them, the opposite younger ladies got here exterior, saying that H.A. was “off her treatment, that she was having an episode, and that she can be okay,” Seattle Police Detective Tammie Case wrote in an incident report.

The others compelled H.A. into Burt’s white Mercedes, telling the ladies who had stopped to assist that they have been taking her to a hospital. Instead, Burt drove them to the Emerald Motel on Aurora Avenue, the place they’d been beforehand trafficked, the charging papers mentioned. Burt despatched the others into the motel whereas H.A., nonetheless carrying solely her underwear, remained within the car with him.

He advised her he that will let her go away, however that he would knock her enamel out first, the prosecutor wrote. She escaped from the automobile and ran throughout a six-lane freeway, making an attempt to get assist. Several motorists referred to as 911, however nobody stopped. To keep away from being compelled again into Burt’s automobile, she sat on the freeway.

“H.A. felt safer in the course of a busy freeway, virtually bare, at evening than being inside arm’s attain of the defendant,” Gauen wrote. “Surveillance video from a close-by enterprise has corroborated H.A.’s account of what occurred.”

The ride-share driver stopped and advised H.A. to get in his van. Burt pursued them, taking pictures on the van, Gauen wrote. The ride-share driver was additionally armed and fired again over a number of blocks till he was in a position to get onto Interstate 5 and meet police at a gasoline station. No one seems to have been struck by the bullets, however the van’s windshield was riddled with holes.

Police arrested Burt as he was leaving the rental dwelling with the opposite ladies, the paperwork mentioned. He faces costs that embrace human trafficking, selling prostitution, assault and drive-by taking pictures, however given the “expansive attain of the defendant’s egregious conduct,” further costs are possible, Gauen wrote.

Prosecutors are additionally involved about case tampering; one girl who continues to work for Burt has already been reaching out to H.A. in an try to be taught her location and persuade her to return, Gauen wrote.

Resources for sexual assault survivors in Canada

If you or somebody you understand is scuffling with sexual assault or trauma, the next sources can be found to help individuals in disaster:

If you’re in rapid hazard or worry on your security, you need to name 911.

A full record of sexual assault centres in Canada that provide data, advocacy and counselling might be discovered at Resources in your group might be discovered by coming into your postal code. 

Helplines, authorized companies and areas that provide sexual assault kits in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia might be discovered right here.

National Residential School Crisis Line: +1 866 925 4419

24-hour disaster line: 416 597 8808 

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: +1 833 900 1010 

Trans Lifeline: +1 877 330 6366

Sexual misconduct help for present or former members of the Armed Forces: +1 844 750 1648

Read about your rights as a sufferer right here.


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