A woman was rescued from an accused pimp Wednesday after undercover McLennan County Sheriff’s Office deputies determined she was being used in a human trafficking operation, Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Eddie Leon Williams, 37, of Waco, was arrested and charged on a first-degree felony warrant of human trafficking.

Undercover investigators got in contact with a woman who was offering sex acts for a fee on Wednesday. They believed the woman was a victim of human trafficking after she provided an address for a location where sex acts would be carried out, the arrest affidavit states.

Williams allegedly drove the woman to that address and she was seen talking to Williams there, the affidavit states. Undercover deputies waited until Williams left the woman and approached her.

“The victim was detained and was taken to the sheriff’s office. Once there, she confirmed Williams is her trafficker,” the affidavit said. “She expressed a large amount of concern for her safety, indicating that he (Williams) physically assaults her for not making enough money which he takes from her after each date.

The woman told investigators Williams broke another woman’s jaw about two weeks ago during a physical assault, the affidavit states. Authorities allowed the woman to return to a Waco apartment where she was living with Williams and other people, McNamara said.

Deputies waited until the woman returned to the apartment before entering the home. Williams was arrested and taken to McLennan County Jail.

Williams was booked into McLennan County Jail late Wednesday night. He remained jailed Thursday with a bond listed at $75,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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