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Missing model who feared for life found in jail
Missing model who feared for life found in jail

An aspiring model who was believed to be caught up in the sex trade has been found in a US federal prison under an alias.

Police were on the hunt for Puerto Rican actress Edmarie Lafontaine-Perez after her parents received a phone call from her saying she feared for her life, the New York Daily News.

The 21-year-old had moved to South Florida to try and make a name for herself in acting, but her parents feared she had been caught up in illegal activity after receiving the frantic phone call on January 26 this year.

The panicked young woman had said she feared she was being followed.

Edmarie Lafontaine-Perez was found in a Miami jail. Photo: Miami-Dade County Jai

Her parents launched a frantic search effort to find their daughter, getting police and the Department of Homeland Security's human trafficking department involved.

"We don't want to think about that and punish ourselves but it’s a possibility she may be a victim of human trafficking," her father Edwin Lafontaine said at the time.

However, she was been found in a Miami jail on charges of defrauding an innkeeper and resisting an officer without violence and bribery, NBC Miami reports.

LaFontaine-Perez was aspiring to become an actress in South Florida. Photo: Facebook

Lafontaine-Perez had been using an alias - Tieres Rodriguez-Perez.- when she was arrested on January 27.

Lafontaine-Perez's parents were set to reunite with their daughter, but told Univision Radio they were unsure of what had happened.

“I have not spoken to her, but in due time we will know,” the mum said. “Thank God my daughter is fine and it is a miracle.”

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