March 8, 2017, Sandy Springs, GA
A young woman went to Atlanta with promises to become a model. At first, it looked like her dreams had come true. She lived in a mansion and traveled the country; however, she knew she was in trouble when her boss threatened to kill her.
The 20-year-old woman from Orlando told the 911 dispatcher, “I’m in a very bad situation, and I need to get out…. It’s a house full of girls and a guy, and if I try to leave that, he’ll kill me.”
Tuesday morning, police arrived at a 7,000 square foot mansion in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta to find 8 women who needed help. Two were from central Florida. They immediately arrested 33-year-old Kenndric Roberts (right), who faces charges of false imprisonment and trafficking of persons for labor.
“What we believe is that he was luring these women to this house with promises of either modeling careers, financial assistance, we’re not 100 percent sure on that, the investigation is continuing,” said Sgt. Sam Worsham of the Sandy Springs Police Department.
The young lady from Orlando met Roberts on a website and he forced her to have plastic surgery. Friends say they did not know she was in trouble. They saw pictures of her traveling and thought she was modeling and having a great time. Pictures can be deceiving.
We are extremely proud of this young woman’s bravery to identify the danger and call for help. She may have saved not only her own life but 7 others.
This case is further proof that human trafficking can happen in affluent, gated neighborhoods. Diligence from the community and education among young people to identify suspicious behavior will greatly reduce the prevalence of this terrible crime.
To learn what to look for in your neighborhood, join us for our next Abolitionist Training on March 18.
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by Blair Pippin
Creative & Prevention Director • Florida Abolitionist