An American man faces sentences totaling 205 years for using the internet to lure women aged 19 to 22 into captivity with the promise of modeling work.
Human trafficking charges:
An alleged human-trafficker in the US was accused of holding eight women he referred to as his “diamond kitties” captive and is now facing more than 200 years in prison.
Kenndric Roberts, 33, lured the women online, with the promise of modelling work, to his rented $1m (£800,000) home in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to police, the alleged gang member made them work at strip clubs and pocketed their earnings. He threatened to mutilate or kill them if they fled.
One of the women claimed that Kendrick had threatened her on several occasions including one occasion where he stated he was going to pay someone to cut her chest open, take out the implants and cut her up, according to NBC News
“Poor man’s Hugh Hefner”:
Mike Maloof, Roberts’ attorney, told the court that his client was a “poor man’s Hugh Hefner” and that the women had not been forced to stay.
“If you felt threatened, why didn’t you leave on such and such a day? One of the women went on vacation with her mother. He gave them $1,000 to fly out. That’s not somebody being held against their will,” Maloof said to reporters.
A judge dismissed a number of charges against Roberts on Thursday, but the following day a grand jury chose to indict him.
He faces a total of 205 years behind bars if convicted for trafficking, false imprisonment and firearms charges. According to police, he called the women, aged from 19 to 22, his “diamond kitties” and made them get gang tattoos.
One of the women, aged 20, called 911 and told the operator: “I’m in a really bad situation and I need to get out. I was planning on leaving today,” because her “boss” threatened to kill her.