Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, a Utah truck driver, has been accused of holding sex slaves captive for extended periods of time in his semitrailer as he drove throughout the U.S.
While the girls were his prisoners, he forced them to change their appearance, beat them relentlessly, strangled them, threatened them, and made them have sex with him over and over, according to ABC News. He made one of the girls file down her teeth, and forced another girl to marry him.
On March 12, Vafeades appeared in a Fargo, N.D. courtroom for a preliminary hearing, and will be transferred to Utah to face charges of kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, and possession of child pornography.
Making an already gruesome story even worse, one of Vafeades’ victims is alleged be a 19-year-old female relative who moved from Fla. to work with him on his truck, the "Twilight Express."
According to court papers, after a week in Vafeades’ company, the girl expressed her desire to return home. Vafeades kept her as his sex slave instead.
His teen relative told police that Vafeades:
… strangled her until she blacked out and used threats and violence to keep her with him for the next six months while they traveled to Washington state, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and other states.
Vafeades allegedly forced the girl to “have sex with him more than 100 times” during her six months of enslavement.
He chipped down the girl's teeth and had her wear a fake set, and wore his own false set that featured vampire fangs, the teen told investigators.
Authorities caught on to Vafeades and arrested him after noticing the beaten and bruised 19-year-old girl at a weigh station in Minn. Upon investigation, police also discovered a restraining order dating back to 1999 “barring Vafeades from contacting the girl.”
Following his arrest, a second woman came forward also claiming to have been held captive as Vafeades’ sex slave for about three months beginning in April 2012.
The woman said Vafeades kept her with him for about three months through threats and violence, forcing her to have sex with him nearly every day and calling her his slave, authorities said.
She said he had her hair cut and colored to disguise her identity and forced her to marry him.
If convicted on all charges, Vafeades could be looking at life in prison.
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