South Nashville man facing sex trafficking, prostitution charges

Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:07am
Staff reports
Donnell Minor and Keyshia Ferdinand

A woman picked up as part of a Metro police Internet prostitution sting claims a south Nashville man coerced her into prostituting herself.

The 22-year-old victim told police she met Donnell Minor, 34, in the University Court area of the Tony Sudekum public housing development. She said the suspect paid her sister $150 to watch her two children and promised to take her to Miami.

Instead of Miami, the victim said Minor allegedly took her to a Harding Place motel, told her that she now worked for him, and that he intended to advertise her services on the Internet, according to police.

Police said the victim told them she went along due to threats and the fact Minor knew where she lived.

Detectives said they encountered Minor, Keyshia Ferdinand, 22, and the victim Tuesday while conducting a prostitution sting operation at a downtown motel.

Minor allegedly drove the women there in response to a police-generated telephone call for prostitution services, police said.

Minor and Ferdinand were charged Tuesday with promoting prostitution. Additional interviews and the execution of a search warrant at Minor’s south Nashville motel room led police to add a charge of trafficking for sexual servitude, a class B felony.

Minor is being held in lieu of $95,000 bail. Ferdinand, who advertised under the adult services section of an Internet site, is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.


3 Comments on this post:

By: BEOWULF on 1/22/10 at 8:51

BEOWULF: If Ms. Ferdinand was threatened, coercised, or in any way forced into prostitution, donnell minor should be sentenced as a rapist - maximun sentence.

By: Not For Sale TN on 1/22/10 at 9:34

Mega kudos to The City Paper for consistently and excellently carrying local human trafficking news AND for not carrying the victim's name and photo, as some do, putting the victim at great risk.

Revealing this travesty is the first step in ending it, and you all do a great job of it.

Derri Smith
Tennessee State Director
Not For Sale Campaign

By: fightcrib on 1/22/10 at 11:21

Now what Universtiy of Tenn athlete is this??