News

Actions

Ind. man faces Florida human-trafficking charges

Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 16:54:25-04

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. – An Indiana man is now sitting in jail, accused of buying young girls online for sex and getting involved in human trafficking.

Investigators with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) in Orlando say Michael Gordon Luck, 59, of Remington, is a wanted man in Florida. They say he found girls to have sex with in Orlando on a website.

Luck told police he thought the girls were 19 – but in reality, they were 15 and 16.

Investigators say he smoked marijuana in front of the girls to prove to them he wasn’t a police officer. The girls say he paid them $300 for sex at his vacation condo this past April.

The MBI says Luck “harbored” the girls in his room for the week he was staying there. Investigators say he was found at a nearby shopping mall with the two girls – one of whom turned out to be a reported missing juvenile.

Investigators say they found a number of Luck’s text messages providing more evidence of the crimes. The MBI says Luck used texts to stay in continued communication with the girls, even after they were recovered and the investigation was launched.

Luck faces a number of charges: Human trafficking for commercial sexual activity of a child under the age of 18, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony, and lewd or lascivious battery.

He’s being held in the Jasper County Jail until he’s extradited to Florida.

This latest human-trafficking arrest comes a month after former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was charged for child pornography and having sex with minors.

Court documents say Fogle met his victims at upscale New York City hotels.

-----

Follow Lydia Williams on Twitter: @LydiaRTV6

Follow Rafael Sanchez on Twitter: @rafaelontv  | Facebook: RafaelSanchezNews