By Chrisleen Herard
Special to the AFRO
The D.C. Superior Court issued an arrest warrant on Oct. 5 for a man who was allegedly holding a woman captive and forcing her to engage in sexual acts with individuals for money. That man, later identified as 27-year-old Donjoeve Preston, was arrested and taken into custody on Oct. 12.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division worked alongside agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office in a joint investigation that concluded that Preston had kidnapped and trafficked a woman from a residence in the 300 block of Division Avenue in Northeast, D.C.
Preston was arrested and charged with kidnapping, simple assault, threats to injure or kidnap a person, assault with a dangerous weapon and trafficking in commercial sex acts. The victim has not been identified.
According to the D.C. Superior Court records, a preliminary hearing was held on the morning of Oct. 16 and the judge granted a motion for a protective order for the victim. No other details have been made available at this time as the case remains under investigation.
While crimes related to sexual abuse have reached 130 incidents this year, D.C. is identified as one of the top cities in the country with the highest rate of sex trafficking incidents. In 2021, there were 175 signals received by the National Human Trafficking Hotline in D.C., 49 of the signals coming directly from the victims themselves. Additionally, it was revealed that Black girls are more likely to be victims at a younger age than their racial counterparts.