MBI Arrested Two Adults for Human Trafficking

Requesting Public’s Help to Identify More Victims
MBI Arrested Two Adults for Human Trafficking

On July 19, 2023, MBI Human Trafficking agents arrested two individuals for Human

Trafficking and are seeking to identify additional victims. The investigation conducted

by MBI discovered evidence that Joselito Martinez and Tanya Wurster trafficked three

females between 2019 and 2021 at multiple locations throughout Central Florida.

Martinez and Wurster provided a place to live for the victims, usually after bonding

them from jail. In return, the victims were forced to engage in commercial sex acts with

customers. Martinez and Wurster took photos of the victims and advertised them on

internet commercial sex sites. Martinez and Wurster took all proceeds from the

commercial sex dates and financial records indicate they may have made as much as

$300,000 over a two year period.

Martinez utilized narcotics, threats of violence, and humiliating acts such as shaving the

victim’s head in order to control the victims. Martinez also forced at least two of the

victims to accept tattoos, branding the females as his property. Martinez and Wurster

have a minor child together and according to testimony, the child was often present in

the home while the commercial sex dates were occurring.

Martinez and Wurster were constantly looking for new victims and MBI agents believe

there may be additional victims that have not been identified. MBI is asking if anyone

has information about other victims or information about the defendants’ criminal acts to

contact MBI, Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS, or their local law enforcement agency.

Joselito Martinez 
H/M 34 years old
Joselito Martinez H/M 34 years oldPress Release
Tanya Wurster
W/F 30 years old
Tanya Wurster W/F 30 years oldPress Release

Martinez and Wurster have been arrested and were booked into the Orange County Jail.

The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the defendants.

It is critical for victims of human trafficking to receive services to assist them in healing

and recovery. One provider of services victims may reach out to is the Victim Service

Center of Central Florida (VSC).

The VSC provides crisis intervention, victim support, advocacy and therapy for victims

of sexual assault, violent crime and other traumatic circumstances including human

trafficking.  Their 24/7 Helpline can be reached at 407-500-HEAL (4325).

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