Man nabbed in Milford for kidnapping women, forcing prostitution

A Massachusetts man was arrested in Milford Thursday for allegedly kidnapping women and forcing them to work as prostitutes.

According to police, on Aug. 27, the Milford Police Department received a phone call from the Lawrence Police Department in Lawrence, Mass. They told Milford police that a female had been kidnapped and a ping of her cell phone put her in Milford in the area of Motel 6, 111 Schoolhouse Road.

Lawrence police had been notified by the female’s boyfriend, who had received text messages from her stating she was being held against her will and treated like a sex slave.

Investigation led to Barry Davis, 36, of 7 Lord Baron Park Lane, Burlington, Mass., who had reportedly picked up three women in Massachusetts and, after several days of providing them with heroin and cocaine, drove them to Connecticut to act as prostitutes. 

Milford police said Davis was arrested at Motel 6 in Milford, and the three women were found with him. Milford Police Spokesman Joseph Dempsey could not comment on the status of the women, but said no charges were filed against any of them.

Two of the women had been involved in the activity before, stating they did it out of fear of Davis, police said.

The third woman, who sent the text messages to her boyfriend, was not a willing participant in the prostitution, police said. Dempsey said he believes the third woman is 25 years old.

During the investigation Davis was found to be in possession of heroin and cocaine. Davis was charged with unlawful restraint, promoting prostitution, trafficking people and two counts of possession of narcotics. Davis was held on $250,000 bond.