Georgia authorities have discovered an alleged case of human trafficking based out of a $1 million luxury home in the suburbs of Atlanta.
A Tuesday morning call to 911 led Sandy Springs police to the home of Kenndric Roberts, 33, who has been charged with five counts of false imprisonment, five counts of trafficking persons for labor, and two counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Federal charges are also pending against Roberts.
According to Sgt. Sam Worsham, eight women ranging from ages 19 to 22 were found at Roberts’ five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath rental home in a neighborhood where the local homeowner’s association had received complaints about cars constantly “coming in and out.”
It has not yet been determined how long some of the women were allegedly held at the home.
The 911 caller reported that she had been there about a month after meeting Roberts via SeekingArrangement.com, a website that offers “mutually beneficial relationships,” and that “he had me go get, like, plastic surgery.”
Police revealed that Roberts had lured the young women to stay with him with a promise of providing modeling jobs for them, but they instead faced threats of violence.
One victim “stated that Kendrick [sic] had threatened her on numerous times, one instance where he stated he was going to pay someone to cut her chest open, take out the implants and cut her up,” a detective wrote in an affidavit.
Other victims allege that Roberts forced them to work at local strip clubs, requiring them to leave their IDs and phones at home. He bribed them with money to stay with him and threatened to hurt them or their families if they left.
Roberts is being detained without bond in the Fulton County Jail. He waived his first court appearance Thursday, and another hearing is scheduled for later in March.
The FBI office in Atlanta is assisting in the investigation. According to federal authorities, the city is one of the nation’s largest hubs for sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Worsham reported that all eight of Robert’s victims have been delivered to their families or placed in safe houses.
H/T: NBC News
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