NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville man is behind bars accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl to engage in sex trafficking.
The North Charleston Police Department charged 25-year-old Daewon Jerrell Warren with human trafficking of a minor.
On Monday afternoon, two North Charleston PD detectives responded to Motel 6 on 2551 Ashley Phosphate Road in reference to information that an underage girl was being compelled to engage in sex trafficking by a Summerville man.
According to NCPD officials, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations also responded.
Authorities say contact was made at the hotel with the victim and the trafficker who was taken into custody by the NCPD's Human Trafficking Unit. The victim was taken to emergency protective custody.
An affidavit states that on Feb. 1, 2015, Warren transported a 17-year-old girl to Motel 6 for the purpose of engaging in sex trafficking.
Authorities say Warren told the victim that she had to make $500 per day, and if she did not, he would only allow her to eat one meal per day until she began earning $500 daily.
According to investigators, Warren told the victim when she could sleep and when she had to be awake to engage in sex for profit.
Court records state the victim met with subjects in two hotels, and sex acts were performed in exchange for money. Authorities say Warren used cellphones to post multiple ads on a website advertising escort services to be provided by the victim.
Investigators say Warren kept and controlled the money earned by the victim.
If the victim disobeyed Warren's rules, Warren would assault her which included punching her in the face and choking her, according to police.
Warren also threatened to harm her if she tried to run away from him, court records state.
Police say Warren continued to compel the victim to engage in sex trafficking for his benefit until Monday when authorities made contact with Warren and the victim.