(PPN) – Dispatchers received a call from a 20-year-old woman Tuesday morning who told them that she is being held against her will and she wasn’t the only one. Her voice was clam, quiet, and desperate. “I’m in a very bad situation, and I need to get out”. They had been in the home for about a month.
Authorities believe this a case of human trafficking based out of a $1 million luxury home in the suburbs of Atlanta. It has five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. Police found an AK-47 pistol and a Glock .45-caliber handgun in the home and eight women between ages 19 to 22.
Sandy Springs police reported Kenndric Roberts, 33, was charged with additional felonies Friday. He faces 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.
Roberts told the young women that he could provide them modeling jobs and made them get plastic surgery.
One woman 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,” the detective wrote.
Some of the women also said he forced them to work at local strip clubs, and they had to leave their IDs and phones at home, police said. He offered to pay them more money if they stayed with him — and threatened to hurt them or their families if they left.
Roberts was renting the home and the homeowners were not there. The president of the local homeowners association told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the group had received complaints from neighbors about cars constantly “coming in and out.”
Kenndric Roberts waived his first court appearance Thursday and is currently being held without bond in Fulton County Jail. Another hearing is scheduled later this month. The FBI in Atlanta are assisting in the investigation and are asking for other potential victims to come forward.