Woman accuses Orlando couple of forcing her into prostitution, beating her

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

Police said a woman was rescued from being beaten and forced into prostitution in one of Orlando's busiest tourist areas.
 
The two people accused of holding her captive, Rosny Jeanbaptiste and Bria Jones, were caught at the Extended Stay America on Major Boulevard near Universal Orlando.
 
The hotel is a popular spot for families on vacations, but police said for one woman it was a prison.
 
Darryl Frost told Channel 9's Karla Ray that he was checking into the hotel on Tuesday as Jeanbaptiste, 26 and Jones, 21, were being arrested.
 
"I mean that's kind of scary, that's really kind of scary," said Frost.
 
The two are charged with human trafficking after police said they forced a woman into prostitution at the hotel
 
"For a small place like this I find that really out of place, and in this day and age it's weird how this goes on and it's so undetected," said Frost.
 
Police said the woman told them that Jeanbaptiste and Jones would beat her if she asked to leave.
 
Investigators said the couple destroyed a telephone inside the woman's hotel room and smashed her cellphone so she couldn't call for help.
 
Police said the woman was only able to get away after she was battered and ran into the hotel lobby to call for help.
 
State lawmakers are working on legislation to better protect sex-trafficking victims.
 
A new proposal would create a pilot program that detains victims for as long as 10 months, to keep them from returning to their pimps. The bill would also provide medical care to sexually exploited children, and team them up with specially-trained child protective investigators and case managers.