3/17/2021

TERREBONNE PARISH —A man wanted for human trafficking and other charges has turned himself in to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Tim Soignet says Michael Ashford turned himself in at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex Tuesday.

Earlier, officials had arrested 30-year-old Katrice Yolanda Brown, of Orlando, Florida.Soignet said on Sunday, deputies were dispatched to a local hotel in reference to a disturbance when they contacted a 19-year-old woman from Alabama. Deputies also contacted Brown.

Through an investigation, it was learned that the 19-year-old woman, who is not being identified, met Ashford, of Orlando, Florida, on social media.She entered into an agreement with Ashford to exchange sex for money in an attempt to better her living situation, according to officials.

Once the teen began traveling with Ashford, she was not supplied any of the money and was only given food and lodging at hotels.

It was learned that Brown also traveled with them and assisted in finding customers and booking hotels.Officials say Ashford fled the scene when deputies were arriving.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Katrice Brown on charges of enticing person into prostitution, human trafficking, racketeering activity and Parish ordinance supplementary sexually oriented business.An arrest warrant was issued for Michael Ashford for the same charges.

Both Ashford and Brown were released after posting a $76,000 bond each.

By Joseph Franklin

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