Gainesville man arrested, accused of prostituting girlfriend

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:32 p.m.

Police charged a Gainesville man with human trafficking on Tuesday after they say he forced his girlfriend to prostitute herself and collected all the money she had earned.

Ricky Morrow, 40, of 437 SW Third St., was already being held at the Alachua County jail on charges of robbery and larceny. Before Morrow was arrested on Feb. 4, the victim told Gainesville Police that she and Morrow had been in a casual relationship for about a month, the police report said.

The victim said Morrow began isolating her from her friends and family. Morrow would on a regular basis force the victim into her vehicle by pulling on her hair and pushing her. Once inside, Morrow would demand that the victim take him to buy drugs and engage in prostitution against her will, the report said.

Police said Morrow would regularly take the victim's car keys from her and not allow her access to her vehicle. He would also take her driver's license and other forms of identification, the report stated.

The victim told police Morrow took money from her disability checks to buy drugs and provided her with cocaine so she would continue prostituting. Morrow would tell the victim, "You are my ticket to get high," the report said.

Morrow would collect the money the victim earned and keep all the funds. The victim said Morrow barely bought anything for her to eat and that she was afraid Morrow would retaliate against her for coming forward, the report said.

Morrow was arrested on one felony count of human trafficking, according to the police report. He is being held as of Wednesday at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

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