Human trafficking fugitive arrested, Miami Gardens police say

Women from Palm Beach rehab held for prostitution in Miami Gardens

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Johnnie Randell Wilson Pigatt picked up the two women from a rehabilitation center in Palm Beach County, beat them and forced them into prostitution, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department. 

Late last year, officers found the women at a house, 121 NW 188 St., steps away from Hibiscus Elementary School. 

The women told investigators Pigatt first offered a 21-year-old woman and 25-year-old woman a place to stay in Miami Gardens, but he later held them there against their will. Detectives believe he used Backpage.com to start a brothel at the house. 

According to Officer Carlos Austin officers arrested Pigatt on Thursday, and prosecutors are charging him with human trafficking. 

Copyright 2018 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.