Alleged Victory Inn pimp caught by police in manhunt nearly two months after it was shut down

Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 18:24:21-04

The Feds called it a "den of inequities." Now another man has been arrested, facing charges of sex trafficking and drug conspiracy, after the Victory Inn motel in Detroit was shut down earlier this year.

Nearly two months after a raid at the Victory Inn on Michigan Avenue in Detroit, investigators say they arrested another alleged leader of an organized criminal operation.

Fifty-year old Shelvie Avery is now behind bars. 7 Action News was there for a raid in January.

Police say the motel was the scene of drugs, human trafficking, and even torture before it was shut down for at least one year, ordered by a judge.

Investigators say nearly half of the rooms had illegal activity inside, rescuing 14 women forced to have sex with customers.

They also claim the owner was well aware of what was going on.

According to court documents, Avery was described as the main drug dealer at the motel, selling crack and heroin, also accused of prostituting at least 8 women there.

The women would be paid in drugs, according to federal authorities.

Avery has a long criminal history dating back more than two decades, including convictions on weapons and drug charges, also running from police.

Two other men have already been arrested in connection with this criminal enterprise.

Work still continues at the motel, as crews Friday afternoon were boarding up rooms and putting up fences to keep it safe.