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Macomb County couple accused of keeping woman in shed, selling her for sex

Misty George, Mike Welch accused in human trafficking case

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Macomb County couple is accused of keeping a woman with mental and physical disabilities in a shed and selling her online for sex.

Investigators said Misty George, 30, and her boyfriend, Mike Welch, 38, kept the 29-year-old woman in a shed next to their trailer in Macomb Township. They used her to generate money online by selling her for sex, police said.

Neighbors are flabbergasted by the news.

"I'm still in shock," neighbor Tracy Byers said. "They didn't seem like they were that kind of people."

Neighbors said George is an adult with special needs herself, and that Welch was essentially living off of her disability checks. He had no steady job, they said.

"I would always just see them going to Kroger or just walking around the neighborhood," neighbor Corinna Morgan said.

Nobody saw the 29-year-old woman the couple is accused of keeping locked in the shed. Investigators said she was originally staying in the trailer, but when she couldn't afford rent, they kept her outside like an animal with no access to a bathroom or shower.

Neighbors said George and Welch have a 4-year-old child together.


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