Mich. attorney general charges pair with human trafficking - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Mich. attorney general charges pair with human trafficking

Posted: Updated:
Vinson Alexander, 30, and Taryn Johnson, 27 Vinson Alexander, 30, and Taryn Johnson, 27
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

An 18-year-old woman working as an exotic dancer in Detroit was enslaved, investigators say, by 30-year-old Vinson Alexander of Florida and 27-year-old Taryn Johnson of Tennessee.

"This woman, whenever she tried to leave she was beaten," said Joy Yearout, a spokesperson for the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

Investigators say they came here from Memphis in December and preyed on a vulnerable, young woman from Southeast Michigan.  It is alleged Johnson lured her in with promises that Alexander would take care of her.

"He will be a great boss for you, and you'll make very good money.  Clearly that's the opposite of what happened," Yearout said.

Fox 2 has learned she was a dancer at the Penthouse strip club on Eight Mile, but she was discovered at a hotel in Southfield badly beaten.

It happened last Thursday.  Fortunately someone called 9-1-1.  The victim was so viciously attacked she required medical attention.

"A very dangerous and extreme situation, and we're fortunate that law enforcement discovered it when they did," said Yearout.

If not, she may not have made it.  The state attorney general has charged the pair with human trafficking.  Alexander is also charged with torture.

"We even have one example when she had one dollar left in her wallet, and he beat her to get that one dollar," Yearout explained.  "This woman had tried to leave the situation, and she was violently assaulted.  She didn't have access to any of her money.  Those are all red flags that show this is not a voluntary situation."

Human trafficking is a crime that is woefully underreported, and 40 percent of human trafficking involves minors.

"You're talking about our daughters, our granddaughters and their classmates being bought and sold as slaves today in 2013," Yearout said.

For information on how to spot and stop this modern day slavery, visit www.michigan.gov/humantrafficking.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Undercover agents at murdered Armada teen's funeral

    Undercover agents at murdered Armada teen's funeral

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:07:12 GMT
    A community, clad in pink, gathered Friday for the funeral of the murdered Armada teen, April Millsap.
    A community, clad in pink, gathered Friday for the funeral of the murdered Armada teen, April Millsap.
  • Two in custody on drug charges after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Two in custody on drug charges after search connected to Armada teen's murder

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:17:30 GMT
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The FBI and state police were at a home on Marquette Road in Goodells, Mich. most of Wednesday executing an investigative search warrant related to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • Three arrested after military reservist killed during carjacking

    Three arrested after military reservist killed during carjacking

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:01:39 GMT
    A third suspect is under arrest in the carjacking and murder of a young man outside the Superland Market at Schoolcraft Road and Rutland Street Monday night.
    A third suspect is under arrest in the carjacking and murder of a young man outside the Superland Market at Schoolcraft Road and Rutland Street Monday night.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Federal sting ends in gunfire in Highland Park

    Federal sting ends in gunfire in Highland Park

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:37:55 GMT
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
  • Man arrested after trying to wrestle gun from officer in Detroit

    Man arrested after trying to wrestle gun from officer in Detroit

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:32:44 GMT
    A man was arrested after he went for an officer's gun trying to wrestle it away from Detroit Police, causing the weapon to fire.SkyFOX was over the scene on Manning Street in Detroit, where the incident occurred Friday,The bullet didn't hit anyone and police took a 27-year-old man from Roseville into custody.Police say the home was a known drug den, and when officers drove by the property -- four people ran from the home.The officer and suspect were treated at a hospital for non life threaten...
    A man was arrested after he went for an officer's gun trying to wrestle it away from Detroit Police, causing the weapon to fire.SkyFOX was over the scene on Manning Street in Detroit, where the incident occurred Friday,The bullet didn't hit anyone and police took a 27-year-old man from Roseville into custody.Police say the home was a known drug den, and when officers drove by the property -- four people ran from the home.The officer and suspect were treated at a hospital for non life threaten...
  • New DTE app lets users check their energy use

    New DTE app lets users check their energy use

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:59:24 GMT
    Joel Miller, a senior strategist with DTE Energy, gave us some insight -- on DTE insight. The new, free smart phone app helps customers see their energy use hour by hour -- or minute by minute."By studying your data and by looking around your home you can discover what things are using energy," Miller said. Then, you make choices -- replace appliances or physically turn off whatever's not needed -- or is wasting energy, and save money on your energy bill in the process."I think for a lot of u...
    Joel Miller, a senior strategist with DTE Energy, gave us some insight -- on DTE insight. The new, free smart phone app helps customers see their energy use hour by hour -- or minute by minute."By studying your data and by looking around your home you can discover what things are using energy," Miller said. Then, you make choices -- replace appliances or physically turn off whatever's not needed -- or is wasting energy, and save money on your energy bill in the process."I think for a lot of u...
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices