Escort service owner charged with human trafficking


by Adam Walser / WHAS I-Team

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 6:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- A Louisville couple faces serious charges-- accused of human trafficking and promoting prostitution from their ten acre estate in Fisherville in eastern Jefferson County.  They allegedly threatened a woman who lived in their home on Bradbe road -- forcing her into prostitution and keeping all the money.

WHAS11 first reported on John Jeff, who goes by Jeff, and Becky Hull after they were arrested for running an escort service without a license in 2004.

Then we reported on the couple again in 2008, when we discovered they were running four escort services next to a residential neighborhood.

Tonight, they are facing serious felony charges... accused of human trafficking involving one of their escort service's employees.

Represented by a top criminal lawyer, escort service owner Jeff hull was arraigned on charges of human trafficking and promoting prostitution this morning.

Police say Jeff and his wife Becky operated a high end prostitution ring out of their $500,000 estate in eastern Jefferson County.

The victim worked for the Hulls' business, Cheetahs' Escort Service, which advertised for clients over the internet.

“The men could get on the website, pick out a girl and call,” said Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Andre Bottoms.

The victim lived in the home and told police she was forced to turn tricks, then give the money to the Hulls.

“From what she advised us, they were keeping 100 percent of the money,” said Bottoms.

Police say the Hulls used threats to keep her from leaving.

“They told her if she did leave or if she stopped doing what they wanted her to do, they would contact CPS and therefore, she wouldn't be able to get her child back,” said Bottoms.

Gretchen Hunt helped write Kentucky's Human Trafficking Law and trains law enforcement to recognize and help victims.

She said the Hull’s case is typical.

“It's essentially taking away what makes us a human being, which is control over our surroundings, our control over our bodies, our ability to make choices,” Hunt said.

The I-Team reported on the Hulls before.

At one time, they operated four escort services, advertising over the internet, filling orders for dates out of a Jeffersontown office park.

Becky hull was once arrested for operating an escort service in an East End family neighborhood, complete with a drop box for workers to leave cash.

She was also sued by an employee for stopping payment on a check.

That escort had to quit on doctor's orders when she was 4 ½ months pregnant.

Police say that Becky Hull has not been arraigned yet because of health problems.

Jeff Hull remains in jail under a $5,000 bond tonight.

More than a hundred cases of human trafficking have been investigated in Kentucky in the past five years.

If you suspect someone is a human trafficking victim, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.