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Police: Man forced 13-year-old into prostitution, tattooed her eyelids

A 13-year-old girl, who was forced to work as a prostitute, was branded with eyelid tattoos that read “Suave” and “House,” an arrest report said.

The girl told authorities she met Roman C. Thomas III, 25, at USA Flea Market in Liberty City, a Miami neighborhood, on March 12. After they talked for a while, she agreed to go with Thomas to his Miami Shores motel, where he told her that he was pimp, and that he wanted her to prostitute herself, the Miami Police arrest report said.

At the motel, the girl met Shanteria Sanders, 23, who has a tattoo of the word “Suave” across her chest, authorities said.

Thomas and Sanders coerced the girl to become a prostitute, and eight sexually provocative photographs were taken of the girl and used in an ad on, the report said.

Thomas, who was arrested along with Sanders on March 18, described her as a “new girl” and called her “Sparkle,” the report said.

She told authorities Thomas told her to charge men $50 for 15 minutes of sex, $70 for 30 minutes, and $100 for an hour, the report said.

He gave her condoms and taught her how to talk to the men, authorities said. He also told her where to hide the money in the motel room, and he waited outside with Sanders while the act was performed, the report said.

The girl said Thomas beat her when he found less money than he anticipated, according to authorities.

“ …he placed duct tape on her mouth and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave him,” the report read.

Besides tattooing her eyelids, he gave the girl alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, police said.

The girl said although she never had sex with either Thomas or Sanders, the two of them had sex while she was in the motel room, and invited her to participate, the report said. Sanders then told Thomas to leave the girl alone, the report said.

Both Thomas and Sanders face charges including human trafficking, false imprisonment, lewd and lascivious exhibition and delivery of a controlled substance to a child under 18. They both deny the allegations.