(12/12/13) - Genesee County authorities say they have broken up two separate prostitution operations.
In one of the cases, they say, the suspect got a woman addicted to crack and then forced her to work as a prostitute.
A 27-year-old man from Chicago has been arrested. He now faces charges that could send him to prison for 40 years.
The Genesee County Sheriff says a 20-year-old woman was more or less his slave.
"We put surveillance on three hotels in addition to two houses in the city of Flint and Richfield Township. We eventually got a search warrant and made an arrest," said Genesee County Sheriff, Robert Pickell.
Christopher Davis was taken into custody after the FBI notified the sheriff's department and other police agencies. Police say after Davis provided his victim with free crack, he exploited her.
"All of the money she made from her dates, she had to turn all of the money over to him," Pickell said.
Davis is being held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond. The woman has not been arrested and is reportedly willing to testify against Davis.
The other case is connected to an unassuming commercial building in Fenton. Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton says Lake Spa on Torrey Road was being used for prostitution. On Wednesday, he received a court order to shut it down
Starting last fall, neighbors started to think something illegal was going on there. Fenton Police sent in some undercover officers.
"As part of their investigation, we then were able to confirm in fact that acts of prostitution were going on. We executed search warrants on the business last Thursday," said Lt. Jason Slater, Fenton Police Dept.
Police say neighborhoods can quickly go down hill if nothing is done to fight prostitution.
"We're not going to tolerate those types of business in our community and we're going to take whatever legal steps are necessary to prevent those from continuing," Slater said.
No one has been arrested in the Fenton case, but the prosecutors office says human trafficking charges could result.
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