KANSAS, USA- They accused Annette Marie Simon, 50, and Heather Michelle Heald, 34, of forcing two women from Texas to sell their bodies at an Overland Park, Kan., hotel.
They appeared via video before a judge in the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe Monday.
The women who police alleged were being held against their will had gone to a trucking company looking for work, found out it was actually a prostitution ring and were told they or their families would be hurt if they didn't get involved, said Officer Jim Weaver, of the Overland Park Police Department.
The manager of the Settle Inn in the Interstate 435 corridor where police said prostitution was taking place said it didn’t appear as though the women were being forced to participate."We saw all of them interacting all the time, out of their car, going to the construction site next door, talking to the construction men," said Deanna Erter.
Overland Park police were working with Dallas authorities to determine if there really was a trucking scheme to force women into prostitution.In the meantime, Simon and Heald were being held Monday on $20,000 bond.
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