Human trafficking arrest in Polk County - FOX 13 News

Human trafficking arrest in Polk County

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WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -

The words "family" and "welcome" plastered on the front door of a trailer along Byni Ridge Drive should bring happy thoughts, but deputies said one woman's nightmare started in this Polk County trailer.  

"It is unbelievable, right across the street," said neighbor John Patterson.

Deputies said Marisol Rodriguez and her boyfriend Devin "Smooth" Dixon used a 21-year-old woman as a prostitute and when she wanted to stop, they held against her will.

"Sometimes there'd be two vehincles and then one would leave and somebody else would pull up within 20 or 30 minutes," said Patterson.

John Patterson lives a few doors down and recalls seeing traffic pick up once Marisol moved in.

"The door would be open from 12:00 at night or 8 or 9 in the morning," he said.

A police affidavit said Marisol gave the victim specific instructions on what to do.
If she didn't obey, Marisol threatened her with punishment.

"We knew something was going on but we never had an idea it was something like that," Patterson said.

Deputies said when the victim told Rodriguez and Smooth she wanted out, they both beat her.
Smooth allegedly told her she was his property.
Patterson said he can't imagine what the girl went through.

"That is why I tell my grandchildren don't go over there, something's going on," he said.

Deputies said Rodriguez admitted to forcing the girl into human trafficking and using violence when she tried escaping.
Neighbors are left wondering how many others could have been their victims.
 
"She is probably not the only one that's been over there I say in the last year there's probably been 5 or 6 girls that have lived over there and then in a few weeks they're gone."

Rodriguez was charged with human trafficking and was booked into the Polk County jail, where she is being held on $10,500 bond.
An arrest warrant was issued for Devin "Smooth" Dixon. His last known address is in Plant City.
Deputies say if you've seen him to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.298.6200 . He may be driving a 2005 Cadillac STS with FL tag CBZ M17.

 
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