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She was beaten and forced into prostitution at a Myrtle Beach hotel, cops say

FBI underage sex trafficking crackdown leads to recovery of 84 minors

FBI agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, and truck stops, as well as on street corners and Internet websites.
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FBI agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, and truck stops, as well as on street corners and Internet websites.

A man forced a woman into sex trafficking and assaulted her while keeping her in a room for one week at a Myrtle Beach hotel, according to police warrants.

Myrtle Beach police began an investigation Sunday after responding to Suburban Extended Stay Hotel at 730 Frontage Road E. and finding a victim with a swollen eye, officers said.

The woman said the suspect made her perform sex acts for money several times a day for a week, authorities said. She was not allowed to leave the room, warrants state, and if she left, she said the suspect would find and harm her. Police warrants do not list the age of the victim.

Jesse David Parks, 31, was arrested Monday and charged with trafficking in persons, kidnapping and first-degree assault and battery.

The suspect allegedly slapped the victim, causing her eye to swell and bruise.

Parks is incarcerated at J. Reuben Long Detention Center as of Wednesday morning with a total bond of $115,000.

The Sun News has reached out to a manager at the Suburban Lodge for comment.

The Sun News Reporter Hannah Strong is passionate about making the world better through what she reports and writes. Strong, who is a Pawleys Island native, is quick to jump on breaking news, profiles stories about people in the community and obituaries. Strong has won four S.C. Press Association first-place awards, including one for enterprise reporting after riding along with police during a homicide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Winthrop University.


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