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Minn. Woman Held Captive as 'Sex Slave' Escapes from Louisiana Home

Updated: 06/09/2014 7:27 AM
Created: 06/08/2014 4:34 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A Minnesota woman escaped from a Louisiana home where she'd been held months as a modern day sex slave, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office.

Police started their investigation last Saturday when a transgendered woman with a logging chain around her neck was spotted at a business near the Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish.

The woman told detectives she escaped from a couple's home where authorities say she had become enslaved and was beaten if she refused to work.

After being treated and released from Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, the victim was placed in protective custody.

On Wednesday, three people - a husband, his wife, and their friend - turned themselves in on a variety of charges. Those included human trafficking, battery, kidnapping, and false imprisonment.

The suspects have been identified as 37-year-old David Rodriguez Jr. and 39-year-old Christina Marie Harper, both of Pleasant Hill, and 39-year-old Ambre Tubbs Lomas, of Shreveport.

The Minnesota woman has not been identified.

Louisiana authorities say she met the couple on a website and voluntarily agreed to move in with them.

All three suspects remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

The victim from Minnesota had been held captive chained outside and in a building against her will for several days in northwest Natchitoches Parish.
Photo: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office
Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Photo: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office
Christina Marie Harper, 39, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Photo: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office
David Rodriguez Jr., 37, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Photo: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office

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