DETROIT (WJBK) - A man and a woman from Metro Detroit have been charged in the human trafficking and prostitution of a 20-year-old woman from Ohio over four-month period.
Hamtramck resident Lorenzo Darrell Hatcher, 25, and St. Clair Shores resident Lamyia Ieshia-Pamela Sneed, 21, are facing charges for allegedly forcing a young woman from Columbus, Ohio into prostitution and human trafficking.
Prosecutors say between March 28 through June 3, Hatcher allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and human trafficked the woman in the 1100 block of Stockwell in Detroit. Sneed allegedly transported, facilitated and accepted earnings in connection with the victim, which is classified as prostitution.
Hatcher was charged with human trafficking - enterprise involving kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct or death; human trafficking - forced labor/threat of physical harm; human trafficking - procure person for force labor resulting in injury; human trafficking enterprise; prostitution - sell/offer/facilitate; prostitution - accepting earnings; prostitution - transporting female; kidnapping; felonious assault and felony firearm. He received a $500,000 cash/surety bond.
Sneed was charged with prostitution - sell/offer/facilitate; prostitution - accepting earnings, and prostitution - transporting female. She received a $250,000 cash/surety bond.
Both appeared in court Wednesday, choosing to waive their probable cause conference in order to prepare for their preliminary examinations. They are expected back in court July 25.
Defense for both defendants attempted to lower their bonds, calling them "excessive."
"If these charges were true I would think that would be too light of a bond. We have many charges dealing with human trafficking, I don't know if that involves any children or not but," the judge said.
However, the judge scheduled a hearing to consider the appropriateness of the bonds