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Man sold woman for sex, SAPD says

Chief McManus: Suspect was’very, very abusive’ to victim

SAN ANTONIO – A 39-year-old man sold a woman for sex for several years before he was finally arrested Thursday on charges of human trafficking, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

Joseph Sanchez Davila solicited the victim for prostitution on a website, McManus said.

“(He was) very, very abusive to (the victim and did) things that are unimaginable,” McManus said.

The victim told police she had been abused verbally, physically, emotionally and sexually for years, which is how Sanchez Davila coerced her into participating in the sexual encounters, according to an arrest affidavit.

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Police were able to identify one of the persons alleged to be involved in the sexual encounters, according to the arrest documents. The affidavit said the victim told police there were three forced sexual encounters with that man.

The victim said the man paid $20 one time and $60 during the second encounter, the affidavit said.

SAPD was made aware of the sex abuse since August, but couldn’t arrest Sanchez Davila because no one was willing to testify against him. It wasn’t until someone came forward recently that police had enough evidence to arrest him.

McManus said that Sanchez Davila threatened the victim “in a variety of ways,” which made her fearful.

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He said the arrest was "appropriate" since January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

More arrests may be made as the investigation continues.

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