Related News: Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves

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A Utah truck driver kept sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time while he traveled the country, filing down their teeth, forcing them to alter their appearance and beating them until they nearly passed out, authorities said.

Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, made an initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D., and will now be transferred to Utah for further proceedings.

The charges against him include kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, and possession of child pornography, and could bring a life sentence if he is convicted. His public defender, Richard Henderson, could not be reached for comment.

Source: WSFA

Related News: Missing Huntsville teen rescued in human trafficking case

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A Huntsville teen reported missing in a kidnapping/human trafficking case has been rescued, according to authorities in Louisiana.

Investigators said the victim, whose identity is not being released, left Huntsville freely on Sept. 20 with the two suspects. Once they arrived in Beaumont, Texas, the suspects took the victim’s phone and gave her a “GO” phone.

According to the Lake Charles Police Department in Louisiana, a personal website advertising the teen as an escort was set up and she was told she would provide escort services for men. After one night in Beaumont, the victim and both suspects traveled to Lake Charles. Once there, the suspects established another website advertising the victim as an escort.

Source: WSFA

Related News: Man charged with human trafficking after kidnapped girl escapes from Dothan hotel room

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The Dothan Police Department has arrested a man accused of kidnapping a girl and using her for drugs and sex.

Alonso Santiagito was taken into custody Friday after a concerned citizen called police to report that an underage female had escaped from a local hotel where she was being held captive by Santiagito.

Source: WSFA