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23-year-old Seattle man accused of forcing a woman into prostitution at gunpoint has been charged with a pimping

A 23-year-old Seattle man accused of forcing a woman into prostitution at gunpoint has been charged with a pimping-related offense.

King County prosecutors claim Tedgy Wright menaced the 26-year-old woman with a pistol to get her to work as a prostitute and then collected her earnings. Investigators claim to have found text messages corroborating the woman’s claims as well as a gun in Wright’s car.

 

Wright and the woman had met a year before on a social networking website. He is alleged to have tried to persuade her to work in prostitution, and then forced her to walk a North Seattle “track” when she refused.

A 911 operator in Seattle received a call at 10:25 p.m. on Saturday. The caller hung up immediately, and then spoke briefly when the operator called her back before hanging up again. The operator then text messaged the woman’s phone hoping to open a line of communication.

 

In the text exchange that followed, the woman told the 911 operator she was being held against her will by a man with a gun. She directed police to their location in South Seattle’s New Holly neighborhood.

 

At the same time, another woman called 911 to report her concerns for her friend,

the woman in Wright’s car.

Seattle Police Department officers responded and found the woman in the rear seat of Wright’s car. Wright was walking nearby.

The woman, shaking and unable to stand, said Wright had been holding her against her will, a Seattle detective said in charging papers. She claimed Wright had been forcing her to work as a prostitute for him since she arrived in Seattle in early March.

They met a year before on Tagged.com, an online social network, and had corresponded through the site since. Wright visited her after she came to the area, moving into a SeaTac motel.

“Wright commented that she was ‘putting her looks to waste’ and that she ‘needed to use her body to make money,’” the detective said in court papers. “He then advised her to prostitute to make money and offered to assume the role as her pimp and create escort ads for her and have her walk the prostitution tracks while providing protection.

“When she advised that she did not wish to do so, (he) became angry, ranted to her about ‘wasting (his) time.’”

 

The woman told police Wright threatened her with a gun and held her captive for two days, forcing her to use cocaine while menacing her, the detective said in court papers.

Wright forced her to walk the “track” on Aurora Avenue North in North Seattle, soliciting men traveling to the area looking for prostitutes, the detective continued. Wright is alleged to have threatened the woman after he came to suspect she was keeping money for herself.

According to charging papers, text messages recovered by investigators show Wright demanding money and discussing prostitution with the woman. He is alleged to have set up a prostitution advertisement for her as well.

Wright denied the allegations and was booked into King County Jail, where he remains. He was charged Wednesday with first-degree promoting prostitution.

 

 

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