Woman says man made her sex seller

Austin man tor­tured her with shock de­vice, bound her, she claims.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales cgrisales@states­man.com Traf­fick­ing B

An Austin man has been charged in a pros­ti­tu­tion case af­ter a woman said she was tor­tured and forced to sell sex for sev­eral years.

John Steven Her­nan­dez, 56, was booked Satur­day on a felony charge of com­pelling pros­ti­tu­tion, ac­cord­ing to court and jail records.

In Novem­ber, an Austin po­lice de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing cases met with the woman, who told po­lice she had fallen on hard times at the age of 18 and mar­ried Her­nan­dez in 2008 for fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

Her­nan­dez, she said, had of­fered to help her, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit, and sug­gested mar­riage as a so­lu­tion.

The woman told po­lice that Her­nan­dez ini­tially sub­jected her to phys­i­cal and sex­ual vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing con­nect­ing an elec­tri­cal de­vice to her and shock­ing her at var­i­ous times, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, which was re­leased Mon­day.

The de­vice, called a tran­scu­ta­neous elec­tri­cal nerve stim­u­la­tion de­vice, is nor­mally used to pro­duce an elec­tri­cal cur­rent to treat nerve-re­lated con­di­tions.

At other times, Her­nan­dez tied the woman up with rope, plas­tic wrap or duct tape, and in one case she was forced to breathe through a “fun­nel­type tube,” the af­fi­davit said.

The woman told po­lice that

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