Woman: Suspect held her hostage, forced her into prostitution

Woman says Shon Steen, 21, held her hostage, forced her to be prostitute

Shon Steen, 21, was charged with continuous trafficking of persons.
Shon Steen, 21, was charged with continuous trafficking of persons.

Shon Steen is accused of holding a woman against her will at a Northeast Side motel and forcing her to have sex with strangers for money.

Steen, 21, was taken into custody Monday following a domestic disturbance.

On Thursday, an additional charge of trafficking of persons was filed against him.

As of Friday morning, Steen remained in the Bexar County jail with bonds totaling $30,000.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated that San Antonio police responded to a local motel for a report of a woman who was being choked.

Although the affidavit does not include the specific name of the motel, it does state that Steen lives at an address where the Ruby Inn is located, in the 9900 block of N. Interstate 35.

A worker there Friday morning confirmed that Steen had stayed there for three days before officers showed up at his door.

The affidavit stated that after police took Steen and the woman into custody, she thanked them for "rescuing" her from Steen.

It stated that she also told them that Steen had been forcing her to work as a prostitute and hand over any money she made to him.

Bexar County sheriff's detectives got involved in the case later after they suspected it involved human sex trafficking, the affidavit stated.

Sheriff's detectives said they also discovered that the alleged victim's mother had filed a missing persons report back in March after receiving an alarming text message from her daughter, the affidavit stated.

It stated that the woman asked her mother for help, saying she was being held hostage and forced to work as a prostitute.

Detectives said they also found evidence on the internet.

The affidavit stated that they found that Steen had posted ads, featuring the woman's picture and phone number, on a website known for prostitution.

The case remains under investigation.

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