Johnnie Randell Wilson Pigatt was arrested in Miami Gardens on Thursday. Authorities have charged him with human trafficking.
According to the Miami Gardens Police Department, Pigatt picked up two women from a rehabilitation center in Palm Beach County, beat them and forced them into prostitution.
Late last year, officers found the women at a house located at 121 NW 188 St., just steps away from Hibiscus Elementary School.
The women told investigators Pigatt first offered a 21-year-old woman and 25-year-old woman a place to stay in Miami Gardens, but he later held them there against their will.
Detectives believe he used Backpage.com to start a brothel at the house.