These women are 18-22 Years old. They met him at a bus station. Lol I’m done.
Palm Beach County, FL – A Deerfield Beach man promised young women careers as models and dancers but instead forced them into prostitution up and down Interstate 95, according to arrest records.
Robert Miner, 27, posted their photos on websites such as backpage.com and intimidated them into sex acts with other men — in one case 100 men over four days, authorities say.
Miner told that 22-year-old woman from Orlando that she’d be modeling swimsuits for a photo shoot, according to court records. He picked her up from a bus stop in Fort Lauderdale on June 12, drove her to a hotel room and then pulled out a large hunting knife and sexually assaulted her, police say.
At least five victims, ages 18 to 22, shared their stories with investigators, alleging that Miner threatened them if they didn’t comply and kept nearly all of the money for himself, court records show.
Miner deposited more than $225,000 into his bank accounts between January 2015 and his arrest, despite no evidence that he ever held a job, according to a news release from the Florida Office of the Attorney General.
Miner was arrested last week in Jacksonville and transferred to a Palm Beach County jail on Sunday, said Kylie Mason, a spokeswoman for the Florida Office of the Attorney General.
He is being held on charges including human trafficking, money laundering and sexual battery. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
“The facts of this case are appalling — that anyone is charged with forcing another human being into the sex trade,” Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a news release.
It is not known whether Miner has an attorney who could comment for him. The Sun Sentinel was not immediately able to reach his family for comment.
The women said Miner forced them into paid sexual encounters ranging from $50 to $140, records show. Most of the money he gave them was to pay for hotel rooms along I-95, according to court records. One woman told investigators Miner had taken as much as $20,000 from her.
He preferred I-95 hotels because they “made more money,” he said, according to court records.
One woman told investigators she was typically forced to work from 5 p.m. until early the next morning.
In one case, he flew a woman to Las Vegas for prostitution, records allege. Another was pressured into getting a tattoo of his name, authorities say.
Several who came forward said Miner created a “climate of fear” based on physical and financial harm.
“Just because I’m a gentleman doesn’t mean I’m not grimy,” he allegedly texted a woman in June.
“I grew up in the streets and done everything,” authorities say he wrote in another text.
On June 16, the 22-year-old woman whom Miner is accused of raping at knifepoint fled her hotel room and called Fort Lauderdale Police.