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Two more arrests in human trafficking sting
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Winter Haven, Florida -- Sheriff Grady Judd has announced the arrests of two Orlando men who have been arrested and charged with the human trafficking of a 15-year-old girl.

During an investigation back in May when 92 people were arrested on prostitution charges, Michael Kempfer was arrested along with a 15-year-old girl he had brought with him to an undercover location to "pimp out".

Detectives established a rapport with the girl who had suffered from lewd battery and human trafficking. While working with gang detectives from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, her "pimp" was positively identified as 22-year-old Montavius Postell a.k.a. "King", who lives at the same address as Kempfer.

Detectives learned during Postell's arrest for selling cocaine back in March 2013, he had called the girl 25 times in 12 hours to get her to raise his bond money by prostituting herself. 

During his contact with the girl as her alleged pimp, detectives say he not only threatened her with physical violence but actually used physical violence and drugs to control her.

During a search of Postell and Kempfer's Orlando home, Postell was not there, but what was there was crack cocaine, two loaded handguns, several photos of the 15-year-old girl with Postell, and gang paraphernalia.

Postell was found around 8:30 p.m. in a hotel room on East Fowler in Tampa and taken into custody by the Tampa Police Department. He has been charged with one count human trafficking, two counts lewd and lascivious battery on a victim aged 12-16, and promoting sexual activity of a victim under 16.

The sheriff's office says Postell has been arrested 51 times in Florida.

Kempfer, who is still in jail on a driving while on a suspended license charge from his arrest in May, was charged with human trafficking.

"Prostitution is illegal, and those who commit or who derive proceeds from this crime in Polk County can expect to go to jail. The negative social costs of prostitution hurt families, children, and communities, including the spreading of infectious diseases," said Sheriff Judd.

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