American trucker kept sex slaves on the road, Utah prosecutors say
Women held captive in his vehicle and forced to change their appearance
Associated Press in Salt Lake City, United States
A truck driver kept sex slaves in his vehicle for months at a time while he travelled the United States. He filed down their teeth, forced them to alter their appearance and beat them until they nearly passed out.
The charges against Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, who appeared in court on Wednesday, include kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity and possession of child pornography, and could bring a life sentence.
An arrest warrant filed in Salt Lake City, Utah, claims Vafeades kidnapped a 19-year-old relative who came from Florida last May to work with him on his truck.
After a week, the teenager told Vafeades she wanted to go home, but she later told authorities that he throttled her until she blacked out and used threats and violence to keep her with him for the next six months while they travelled to Washington state, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and other states.
Vafeades forced the teenager to have sex with him more than 100 times, a criminal complaint states.
He chipped down the girl's teeth and had her wear a fake set, and he wore his own false set that featured vampire fangs, the teenager told investigators.
Vafeades was arrested at a Minnesota weighing station in November after officers noticed bruises on the teenager and discovered a 1999 restraining order barring Vafeades from contacting the girl.
After his arrest, a second woman went to authorities to report she had been held captive in Vafeades' truck.
The woman said Vafeades kept her with him for three months through threats and violence, forcing her to have sex nearly every day and calling her his slave. He had her hair cut and coloured to disguise her identity and forced her to marry him.
The trucker is in a North Dakota jail awaiting transfer to Utah.