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March 26, 2013

Brother, sister charged with sex trafficking



The woman also said Hinton began abusing her about four or five months after their relationship started. She accused Lakisha Hinton of beating her with a belt, torturing her with a stun gun and burning her with cigarettes.

She said the prostitution started in Milwaukee and she had been living mainly in hotels with Hinton since they met. Lakisha Hinton uses backpages or Craigslist websites to initiate contact with men and arranged between one and eight prostitution meetings per day, the woman reported. She also said she had attempted to escape in the past but was caught and severely beaten by Hinton, the complaint said.

Investigators also learned that Lemark Hinton is usually with his sister and the woman and the van that was being used belonged to him.

Both Hintons are facing several felony charges related to prostitution and sex trafficking. They appeared Tuesday before Blue Earth County District Court Judge George Harrelson.

Michael Hanson, assistant county attorney, requested $50,000 bail with conditions for Lakisha Hinton, saying she and her brother were being evasive about where they were living. He also said she had been a flight risk in the past in Wisconsin.

“There appears to be several failures to appear and bail jumping,” Hanson said. “Those facts along with the facts of the case necessitate the bail we are requesting.”

Harrelson set bail at $50,000 with conditions for Lakisha Hinton and $10,000 with conditions for Lemark Hinton.

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