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Utah trucker: Charges filed against trucker accused of keeping sex slaves

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Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves has been charged. Federal authorities have charged Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, of Murray, Utah. According to Time on Mar. 12, Vafeades kept the sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time and had often beaten them until they passed out.

Vafeades was charged with kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, and possession of child pornography.

The Utah trucker was arrested on Nov. 26, 2013 in Clay County, Minn. He was accused of kidnapping a 19-year-old female relative. Vafeades made an appearance at U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D. He has been assigned to public defender Richard Henderson as his attorney.

According to the criminal complaint, the Utah trucker forced his relative to have sex with him more than 100 times. He crisscrossed the country with her until he was arrested in November when officers noticed bruises on the girl and looked up a restraining order meant to keep him away from her dating back to 1999.

After the arrest of the Utah trucker, a second woman came forward that said she had met him in Salt Lake City at a truck stop in 2012. He kept her as his slave for three months and even made her change her appearance and marry him against her will.

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