Arkansas man accused of trafficking fiancee in Salt Lake City

Arkansas man accused of trafficking fiancee in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man wanted in Arkansas was arrested in Salt Lake City for allegedly trying to prostitute his pregnant fiancee, according to police.

D. Anthony Montez Shaw, 27, of Camden, Arkansas, was arrested Tuesday for investigation of human trafficking, money laundering and being a fugitive.

On Tuesday, an undercover detective with the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit responded to an ad “on a popular website for prostitution.” After messaging the woman, she said she would meet the officer at a local hotel for money, according to a police booking affidavit.

At the hotel, the woman “agreed to conduct a sex act in exchange for money and was taken into custody,” the affidavit states. The woman told police she was at the hotel with Shaw. Detectives searched and found Shaw walking around the hotel.

The woman told detectives that she and Shaw had traveled from Arkansas to California and then to Utah.

“(The woman) stated Shaw had been assisting her in posting advertisements and setting up dates with suspected Johns while in California as well as Utah. Shaw would be with her while setting up the dates and would collect the money from her after the dates were done,” according to the affidavit. “(The woman) stated Shaw would keep all the money and dictate what happens with it. ... Shaw does not work and uses the proceeds from (the woman’s) prostitution activities to pay for living and all other needs. Shaw uses the money also to pay for transportation across state lines.

“Shaw was in Utah for the sole purpose of working (the woman) for money,” police wrote.

Police also learned the woman is three months pregnant with Shaw’s child and “is considered his fiancee,” the affidavit states.

Shaw has a warrant out for his arrest in Arkansas for weapons charges, according to police.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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