Two violent career criminals are among the 10 people arrested in a prostitution and organized crime ring bust in Orange County.
Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation agents raided three Orlando homes Wednesday.
They said the key to this bust was a tip from a 16-year-old. The teen told the Florida Department of Children and Families she and others were being forced into prostitution.
According to agents, approximately 10 prostitutes were involved in the ring. They said clients would meet them at hotels or one of the three homes on the 6300 block of Spanish Oak Drive, 1200 block of Forester Avenue and 7600 block of Warden Drive.
Agents said sometimes the men showing up for services would be robbed by the pimps.
"They are beating the females,” said Lt. Mike Gibson from MBI. “We know they are armed. We have already recovered firearms. We know from last night the robbery from Spanish Oak involved a victim where a firearm was pointed at him, so very violent."
Agents said 33-year-old Terence Burks and 28-year-old Jeremy Manuel were the alleged ringleaders. They said the duo used threats and violence to control prostitutes within the organization and also supplied them with drugs.
Burks and Manuel have 90 felony and 50 misdemeanor arrests between them, including drug trafficking, battery, firearms violations and armed robbery.
Several people fled the house after being let go by officers.
Police said the group was selling heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
Additional human trafficking charges may be forthcoming. However, agents said they are too fearful to cooperate with authorities.
The investigation into this ring began back in February.