Cops: Man Kept 8 Women Captive in Million-Dollar Home

Kenndric Roberts was allegedly running a human trafficking operation
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Cops: Man Kept 8 Women Captive in Million-Dollar Home
Kenndric Roberts   (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

A man has been charged with holding eight women against their will inside a million-dollar home in the suburbs of Atlanta, NBC News reports. Authorities say 33-year-old Kenndric Roberts met the women online and offered them modeling jobs. But once they moved into the 6,800-square-foot, five-bedroom house he was renting, things changed, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The women—who range in age from 19 to 22—tell police Roberts threatened them if they tried to leave, forced them to work at strip clubs, threatened their families, and made them get plastic surgery. One of the women referred to Roberts as "our boss," the AP reports. It's unclear how long the women had been in the home.

What authorities now believe was a human trafficking operation was discovered Tuesday when one of the women called 911 and asked police to help her escape a "very bad situation" in a "very nice house." She said a man who had a "house full of girls" was threatening to kill her if she left. Police responded and found the eight women. Roberts was arrested on Wednesday. He's been charged with multiple counts of false imprisonment, trafficking persons for labor, and more. Federal charges are also possible. The women have been returned to their families or placed in safe houses. (More human trafficking stories.)

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