Metro Police say a father and son from Phoenix are jailed in Nashville for allegedly trafficking women in sexual servitude.
Specialized Investigations Division detectives on Wednesday arrested Charles Lee, 24, and Timothy Lee, 42, at the Red Roof Inn on Sidco Drive, police said.
Police said a 20-year-old Texas woman asked motel management to call police.
The 20-year-old reported that Charles Lee encountered her at the Greyhound Bus Station on Eighth Avenue on Tuesday and asked her if she wanted to make money by giving massages, police said. The 20-year-old agreed and traveled by cab with Charles Lee to the Red Roof Inn. There, she met three other women and was allegedly told that she was expected to be part of a sexual escort-type business, police said. Detectives later learned that the three other women are featured in the erotic services advertising sections of three Internet sites.
Police said Charles and Timothy Lee and the three women were not at the motel when detectives arrived. When they came to pick up the 20-year-old, they were confronted and arrested. One of the women told police that she had been traveling with the men for the past few years and was not allowed to leave them, police said.
Charles Lee is charged with trafficking sexual servitude, tampering with evidence (for intentionally breaking a cell phone believed to be involved in the prostitution business), and misdemeanor marijuana possession. He is being held in lieu of $115,000 bail.
Timothy Lee is charged with trafficking sexual servitude and misdemeanor marijuana possession. He is being held in lieu of $105,000 bail.
The three women traveling with the Lees are also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. They are identified as Chiew Saephan, 22, of Las Vegas, and sisters Ashley Randall, 22, and Ebone Randall, 18, both of Denver.
Detectives believe the Lees and the women have been in the Nashville area for the past few weeks. The investigation into their activities is continuing, police said.
Check Metro Police's Web site for photos of the suspects.