Man, 40, accused of trafficking women for sex in West Melbourne

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A woman’s screams Monday night outside a West Melbourne hotel led to the arrest of an Orlando man accused of trafficking women for sex, authorities said.

Two women said they accepted rides from Miratel Capitaine, 40, but ended up in a Backpage.com ad in which they were offered for prostitution.

Capitaine made claims of his own in court on Tuesday.

“Your honor, I’m going to represent myself pro se, and I’m going to expose how tyranny and police corruption is still taking black lives without weapons,” he told the judge.

One of the victims in the case told investigators that when she realized that Capitaine had taken her to a hotel to be used as a prostitute, she told him she wanted to go home.

She said he told her she was not going home and that if she did, he would kill her.

The women were allowed 10-minute smoke breaks, and one of the women managed to walk away and scream for help when she saw a deputy driving past.

The incident sparked an investigation, which West Melbourne police said is still underway.

Capitaine is charged with human trafficking and drug-related charges.