A man sprang into action when he found his runaway 14-year-old sister being advertised for sex on an online dating site.
He used the phone number listed in the ad to arrange a date — then confronted the man who showed up with the minor, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies located the suspect, Stanley Martin, by tracing multiple business and cellphone numbers, and arrested him on Aug. 2.
Martin, 28, had sex with the 14-year-old and then posted photos of her online and advertised her services at $150 for hour, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Martin is facing four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child between 12 and 16.
According to the arrest report, the teen began communicating with Martin after she ran away from Covenant House, a homeless shelter for kids and teens.
Martin picked up the girl and brought her to his house and a hotel in Deerfield Beach, where he had sex with her four times, the report says.
The girl “did not want to have sexual intercourse with Martin but felt she did not have a choice,” the report says. She was afraid of Martin because of “previous threats of physical violence.”
When relatives told the teen’s brother that his sister “was possibly being advertised on Backpage,” he used the ad’s listed phone number to take the action that led to the arrest, the report said.
Martin, who has also lived in Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale has a lengthy criminal record. He is being held without bond because of previous arrests.
It’s not clear whether Martin will face additional charges related to prostitution or human trafficking.
A spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office said Thursday that prosecutors are still reviewing Martin’s case.
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