Ashley Moody’s Office leads probe into extensive human trafficking
Attorney General Ashley Moody announces arrest of Florida couple for human trafficking ring. Image via AP.

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Prosecutors say the Florida couple preyed on women working in nightclubs.

A Florida couple is accused of running an extensive human trafficking ring that allegedly involved at least 32 victims following an Attorney General’s investigation.

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced that an investigation by her Office unveiled a complex scheme run Marquett James and Allyson Marquett not only forced their victims to engage in commercial sex acts in Florida, but the human trafficking ring extended to other states.

“Through coercion and violence, a Florida couple operated a massive human trafficking ring that victimized more than 30 women,” Moody said in a news release. “The couple branded these women with tattoos, took control of their finances, and forced them to engage in hundreds of sex acts. Working with law enforcement we shut down this human trafficking ring and rescued victims.”

Multiple law enforcement and government agencies were involved in the investigation, including U.S. Homeland Security. Investigators allege that James was the main human trafficker and often threatened his victims with intimidation and abuse to coerce women into sex work. Investigators say Marquette assisted James and forced more victims into the ring by using similar tactics.

The couple often preyed on victims who were working in nightclubs.

Investigators allege the couple used the internet to advertise the “services” of the women they ensnared in their plan. Bogus corporations were established by the couple to hide the real nature of the work and launder the money they were making as a result of the scheme.

Both suspects are charged with human trafficking, conspiracy to commit human trafficking, racketeering (RICO) and conspiracy to commit RICO, sexual battery and money laundering, among other felony charges.

Moody said prosecutors directly working in her Office will handle the case as it goes to court.

Drew Dixon

Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at [email protected].


  • Michael K

    March 15, 2024 at 1:03 pm

    Human trafficking? Like shipping migrants from Texas off to Maassachutes on a private jet for failed campaign talking points?

    • The Depravity Of Christianity

      March 16, 2024 at 5:42 am

      More like the Jacksonville band director; a trusted member of your community will touch your children.

      Or a Pensacola congressman.

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    March 15, 2024 at 2:40 pm

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  • Julia

    March 15, 2024 at 5:06 pm

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    March 15, 2024 at 6:50 pm

    Good evening Sage Patriots & Dook 4 Brains Leftys,
    This Human Trafficking is just horrable for those caught up in this Evil Wrought By The 8iden Adminisration.
    Thank God and Baby Jesus we have Ashley working to make a difference under the Sage Direction of Ron and Casey DeSantis.
    Further More all Dook 4 Brains Leftys who voted for 8iden are responsable too. You are all encouraged by ME, The Right Reverend Earl Pitts American, to Repent and promise to vote for Don “The Donald” Trump to avoid, one and all, going to HEII and burning for eternity.
    Thank you America,
    The Right Reverend Earl Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      March 19, 2024 at 4:39 pm


  • The Depravity Of Christianity

    March 16, 2024 at 5:40 am

    Florida is home (a SAFE home) to all sorts of Christian gr00mers, traffickers, touchers and more.

    Have a great day at church tomorrow, you degenerate monsters.

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      March 16, 2024 at 5:19 pm

      Blastphmy Depravity:
      Two weeeks of painfull Chastizement for you.
      Earl Pitts American

    • Uninsurable, Unethical, Christian Nationalist florida

      March 16, 2024 at 9:09 pm

      Don wants to bang his own daughter and makes no effort to hide his lust for her.

      Have fun in church tomorrow.

    • Jamie K

      March 17, 2024 at 12:43 pm

      Oh- I sincerely feel so sorry for you. You are a sad, depraved, and repugnant soul and it’s clear that you are just an absolutely miserable person..
      So, you mean you DON’T support Biden’s history of molesting children- including his own? You disapprove of him showering with his young daughter? Do you approve of Bill Clinton’s history of raping young girls? Or do you continue to support people like Jeffrey Einstein- a die hard Democrat?

      In any event, your comments need to be brought to the attention of law enforcement. Your identity needs to be confirmed and your employer, coworkers, neighbors and community need to be warned of your affection for pedophilia. Everyone needs to be aware so you are carefully monitored and you are never, ever allowed near children. Law Enforcement should be creating a strategy and arranging for your long term incarceration ASAP. Such evil and such a vile people can rarely be rehabilitated, but they do need to be recognized for what they are and removed from civil society so they can’t carry out their perverted fantasies. We can’t allow you to walk freely in our communities and continue to molest our babies.

      • Christian Nationalist florida

        March 18, 2024 at 4:39 am

        Quite a dump; bet you feel better. 💩

      • rick whitaker

        March 19, 2024 at 4:44 pm

        jamie k, sounds like you are so stupid you would believe anything alex jones or steve bannon has to say. the gop is the pervert party, you had it backwards, you fool.

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 18, 2024 at 9:14 pm

      G0P Run State Florida is a sanctuary state for actual abusers of children. The more the FLgOPs holler about books harming children, they more you know it’s them harming children. Every accusation from today’s G0P is a confession.

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 16, 2024 at 10:58 am

    No names disclosed for the traffickers. Shall we assume they are Matt Gaetz and friends or similarly influential, greasy white men? And no mention of strip club involvement or the trafficking victims being 18, 29, or 20 yo. Shall we assume the new strip club 21yo law would not have helped this situation one bit?

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 16, 2024 at 11:56 am

      Correction and apologies. Alleged traffickers were in fact named: Marquett James and Allyson Marquett A key word, the word “by,” was missing from the sentence naming them, and I missed it on a first read.

  • blair

    March 17, 2024 at 8:52 am

    She is a broken record. Human trafficking or fentanyl…. It’s a two trick pony.
    One of the biggest Florida politics…and that is saying a lot.

    • Christian Nationalist florida

      March 18, 2024 at 4:40 am

      Failing up 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 18, 2024 at 9:17 pm

      Don’t forget voter suppression, or rather votING suppression.

      Assley works very hard at trying to somehow leverage some law, any law, whatever she thinks might stick to wall, to prevent citizens voting on constitutional amendments permitting and/or protecting things citizens want but Assley doesn’t want.

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