A Michigan couple was sentenced for hiring out a mentally and physically disabled women for sex while forcing her to live in a shed, according to information from our partners at mLive.
Forty-year-old Michael Welch and 32-year-old Misty George of Macomb Township were charged in 2017 with prostitution and human trafficking.
According to authorities, the couple kept the 29-year-old victim in a vacant shed near their trailer in the Westbridge Manor mobile home park at 21 Mile Rd and Heydenreich Road.
Welch was sentenced Thursday to five to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including human trafficking, according to the Associated Press.
George pleaded no contest to human trafficking and agreed to testify against Welch. She was sentenced to five years of probation with credit for more than a year in jail, according to the AP.
Authorities previously said the victim had been renting space in Welch and George’s mobile home, but they kicked her out when she fell behind on rent payments.
George and Welch set up date advertisements for the victim through an online website, through which several men responded and paid money to the suspects for sexual services from the victim, police said.