Man Arrested in Intercourse Trafficking Case That Started at Tremendous Bowl and Led to Miami-Dade – NBC 6 South Florida
Authorities arrested a man after they said a woman was taken on a harrowing sex trafficking trip that began at the Super Bowl in Tampa and ended two weeks later with her escape to South Florida.
Rodney Latzzis, 32, was behind bars on Wednesday and was accused of sexually trafficking a woman in the southeastern United States after the Super Bowl in February.
Miami-Dade prosecutors say Latzzis even branded the victim with a tattoo to show that they owned their property.
The incident began when the victim met Latzzis at a Tampa strip club just before Super Bowl weekend and she eventually took him to a hotel, authorities said.
Authorities said Latzzis took the woman’s purse and hit her, then forced her to have sex for money over a two-week period.
Latzzis took the woman from Tampa to Jacksonville, then to North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Orlando and West Palm Beach.
They eventually ended up in Miami-Dade and a hotel in Aventura on February 20, where authorities said Latzzis hit the woman in a car. She managed to get into the hotel lobby and ask for help, and people inside called the police.
Latzzis drove off before police arrived but was captured in Orange County and returned to Miami-Dade, authorities said.
He is now facing nine different charges, including human trafficking, renting a room for prostitution and coercion.
Latzzis appeared in court on Wednesday, where his bond was set at $ 132,000. The judge told him that even if he ever got out of prison, he would not be able to go near the woman.
“I feel like I got convicted of these crimes without a fair trial, on bail of $ 132,000,” Latzzis said.