WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- A man authorities say forced a UNT college student into sex trafficking and violated his parole by obtaining firearms has been arrested.
The investigation began on February 9 when the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office contacted the North Texas Trafficking Task Force about a woman who said was a victim of sex trafficking. The woman claimed that a man named Joshua William Jackson "used force, fraud and coercion" to make her engage in commercial sex acts.
She told officials that in September of 2012, at the age of 18, she enrolled at the University of North Texas and moved into a dorm room with a friend. The pair attended an anime convention in Dallas, where they met Jackson, the affidavit states.
She said the following month, Jackson came to visit her in Denton from his home in Houston and he "began living at her dorm room on a permanent basis," the affidavit states. It's unclear how long they lived in the UNT dorms.
A UNT spokeswoman told News 8 the school is unable to verify the information in the court documents, but said Jackson has never had any affiliation with UNT.
Between February 2013 and May 2013, the woman said Jackson manipulated and forced her into sex acts. By June, things escalated. The victim said Jackson ordered her to charge clients and give him the proceeds. If she protested, Jackson used a Taser on her and threatened to “kill her bloodline,” the affidavit states.