But after a two-year FBI sting, only the would-be slave owners wound up shackled and imprisoned.
The judge told Martin his offending encouraged others to exploit children even if Martin had not realised his actions were criminal."In your offending there is no child involved other than the imaginary child you created," he said.
"Offending of this type is so serious that even first-time offenders who have pleaded guilty can expect a custodial sentence."Martin was given a jail sentence of three years and two months with a 20-month non-parole, but Judge Slattery said there was good reason to suspend the sentence and impose a $100 two-year bond."Your offending is very serious and I've only come to this point after a period of deep reflection," he said.
Another enslaved woman would be kept in his bedroom, he explained, with a chain long enough to reach the bathroom."These slaves will never leave," he told the agents.
"I'm not looking for love; they're just going to be here and they are going to be serving."Edward Kandl, a 60-year-old man from Tucson, said he planned to attach a chain to his therapeutic bed to restrain his victim.
A North Fort Myers girl was transported across the state, forced to sleep with strangers for money and raped on the east coast of Florida, leading her to consider jumping out of the fourth floor motel room she was trapped in, according to a police report.
The Plantation Police Department arrested 34-year-old Joseph Lewis Jr., of Miami Gardens, Saturday and charged him with human trafficking and sexual battery.A teacher who posted online about child sex slavery, bestiality and sadism has avoided going to jail.Grant Geoffrey Martin, 45, lost his job at an Adelaide eastern suburbs primary school after his arrest in February.She could not leave because Lewis told her he had friends watching the room."At one point she called for help and was prepared to jump out of the hotel window to escape the suspect," according to the report.Police responded to the hotel room and looked through the teen's text messages sent to Lewis.The teen was taken to the motel on Friday, and was unaware Lewis allegedly posted her information on Backpage. Lewis raped the teen while he held her captive, police said. The girl repeatedly told Lewis she did not want to have sex with strangers for money, but he told her she needed to in order to pay him back for transporting her across the state, the report says.