Two Florida women who were victims of sex trafficking are suing nearly two dozen hotels where they were forced to have sex.They claim the businesses did not try to stop the illegal activity. The lawsuit states that the women wandered the Naples-area hotel hallways while under the influence of drugs and wearing little clothing in 2015 and early 2016.Sex trafficking allegedly occurred at 22 Collier County hotels and motels, say Naples lawyers Yale Freeman and Sharon Hanlon, who are suing the businesses.The lawsuit, which was filed at the end of 2019 in state court in southwest Florida, seeks $100 million in damages.Owners of the hotels deny seeing any suspicious behavior, and one owner referred to the lawsuit as “a legal scam.”“We didn’t see any suspicious activity. If we do see it, we always call,” said Yogeshkumar Patel, owner of the Glades Motel on U.S. 41 East. “We’re always here. We watch everybody. We don’t allow in-and-out people. We don’t allow unregistered people to stay.”Freeman, who began investigating the case three years ago, says it is clear that staff witnessed the conditions of the hotel rooms and saw the women, who he claims were forced to provide sex to up to 20 men a day.He and Hanlon say they delayed filing the lawsuit until last year’s resolution of a criminal case that ended with the convictions of two men, 62-year-old Keith “Big Mike” Lewis 38-year-old and Gregory “Bowlegzz” Hines on trafficking and prostitution charges. The lawsuit states the men gave the women drugs to perform sex acts for clients.Under a new state law, hotel, motel and massage parlor owners are required to train their employees to detect and report human trafficking.Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, according to the Florida Attorney General’s office.
Related Stories Syracuse football snaps 2-game losing streak with 31-24 win over ConnecticutFast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 31-24 win over ConnecticutGallery: Syracuse football defeats Connecticut, 31-24Storify: Syracuse community reacts to 31-24 win over Connecticut Probably notTrent Taylor, Louisiana Tech, 422 yardsGame: Louisiana Tech at Middle Tennessee State, 7 p.m.Analysis: Taylor would have to outdo Etta-Tawo to pass him. That would be a sight to see between MTSU and Louisiana Tech, but is unlikely. The 284 yards he’d need seem too far out of reach.James Washington, Oklahoma State, 399 yardsGame: Oklahoma State at Baylor, 7:30 p.m., FOXAnalysis: This goes for most of the ones that follow: They’d have to have an even more ridiculous game than Etta-Tawo, who will likely lead the nation in receiving yards for the week.Jerome Lane, Akron, 354 yards*Game: Akron vs. Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3Analysis: With six minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Lane had 134 yards. That would mean he needs to somehow turn up 218 yards in the game’s final minutes. That’s a lot of yards and extremely unlikely.Nicholas Norris, Western Kentucky, 354 yards*Game: Western Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, 4:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkAnalysis: Norris has 36 yards midway through the third quarter. He needs 316 yards the rest of the game.Definitely notCody Thompson, Toledo, 361 yardsGame: Bye weekAnalysis: He’s 345 yards away. And with no game to play this week, Thompson has no shot to catch Etta-Tawo.Already played Zay Jones, East Carolina, 558 yards (148 yards away)Tanner Gentry, Wyoming, 515 yards (191 yards away)Courtland Sutton, Southern Methodist, 449 yards (257 yards away) Tim Patrick, Utah, 385 yards (321 yards away)*An asterisk denotes a game that was in progress during the writing of this. All stats given are for completed games only. Comments Published on September 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Amba Etta-Tawo had his fourth consecutive 100-yard game (a Syracuse football program first) of the season in SU’s 31-24 win over Connecticut. He broke the Syracuse record for yards in a game with his 270-yard performance, which pushed his total for the season to 706 yards.The record stood for 31 years and had been held by Scott Schwedes, who had 249 yards in a 1985 game. Etta-Tawo is now on pace for over 2,100 receiving yards this season. SU’s top target had more receiving yards in Saturday’s game than he did in each of his 2014 and 2015 seasons at Maryland.So, how likely are the rest of the nation’s receivers to catch Etta-Tawo?Maybe Chad Hansen, California, 546 yardsGame: California at Arizona State, 10 p.m., ESPN2AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnalysis: There’s a chance Hansen comes close to Etta-Tawo. Cal and ASU play a lot of offense and not so much defense. Hansen is averaging 182 yards per game, and is 160 yards away from Etta-Tawo.MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse snaps two-game losing streak with win at ConnecticutThree quick takeaways from SU’s win against UConnSU community reacts to Orange’s seven-point winGrade Syracuse’s performance and vote for player of the game Facebook Twitter Google+