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Sting results in prostitution charges

An undercover sting at a Fort Wayne motel this week snared a Milwaukee woman who allegedly brought two teens to Indiana and prostituted them.

Michelle A. Mullins, 29, was preliminarily charged Friday with promoting prostitution, marijuana possession and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

According to court papers, an undercover Fort Wayne police officer arranged a meeting with a prostitute Thursday at a local motel. The name of the motel was not disclosed in court papers.

When the officer learned the prostitute was 16 years old, he began questioning her to find out whether she was “the victim of human trafficking,” court papers said.

The teen told police she left Milwaukee on Sunday with a woman she knew only as Shell. Shell, who police later learned was Mullins, took the girl to Kokomo for three days before coming to Fort Wayne, court papers stated.

According to court papers, Mullins told the teen, “If she was going to be having sex, why have sex for free when she could make money?”

Mullins did not harm the girl and, from the start, told her, “Just listen to me and everything will be alright,” court papers said.

The teen told police Mullins posted her first ads on backpage.com and instructed her on how much to charge clients.

Mullins took the money earned from every other encounter, according to court papers.

During an interview with police, Mullins admitted bringing the 16-year-old and a woman she believed was 18 years old to Kokomo and Fort Wayne. Mullins told police the 16-year-old had two clients in Kokomo, court papers stated.

In Mullins’ purse, police found $1,600 in cash, 2.2 grams of marijuana, several Percocet and Vicodin pills and the cellphone used to arrange the rendezvous with the undercover officer.

Mullins was being held Friday at the Allen County Jail, with a bail amount of $31,500.

aingersoll@jg.net

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