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LOUISVILLE, KY., (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of local escort agencies, claiming she was forced to work as a prostitute earlier this year until she was able to escape.
The lawsuit, filed Dec. 24 in U.S. District Court, claims John Jeff Hull and Becky Hull, of the 17900 block of Bradbe Road, used "force, fraud or coercion" to keep the woman in a home in Fisherville, transporting her to "a number of places to engage in paid sexual acts with their clients."
In April, the Hulls were charged with human trafficking and two counts of promoting prostitution for allegedly forcing a woman to work as a prostitute. Their criminal cases are pending and the Hulls are scheduled to be back in court in February.
The woman, who is not being named by WDRB because she is an alleged victim of a sex crime, claims the Hulls threatened to call Child Protective Services and prevent her from obtaining visitation or custody of her child, limited her contact with the outside world, monitored her telephone calls, and lead her to believe she would be arrested if she left the home.
The lawsuit names the Hulls and their company, Jefbek Inc, which also is known as Aabana's Secrets, AAA Aabana's, Above All Escorts and Cheetah's Escorts.
On Feb. 4, after about a month of being held captive, the woman said that in order to escape, she cut her wrist so that emergency personnel would be called, according to the suit.
The lawsuit also alleges the Hulls conspired with other people who have not yet been identified.
The suit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages as well as a jury trial.
Claims made in the lawsuit present only one side of the case.
Attorneys for the Hull's did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.
An attorney for the plaintiff also did not immediately return a message.
In April, police said they called Cheetah's, posing as clients, and asked for an escort. That escort was sent to the undercover officer's hotel room.
John Hull set up the "date" for the undercover officer with one of their escorts, according to police.
Police have said they spoke with a woman who worked for Hull who said he forced her to prostitute "by means of coercion."
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