South Carolina Woman Forced Into Slavery to Stay Out of Jail

A South Carolina bail bondsman has been charged with forcing a woman to cook, clean and do sexual favors for him in exchange for getting her out of jail, where she has a $16,000 bond posted against her name. The woman was arrested for driving under the influence and spent 12 days in jail before the $16,000 bond was posted.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said that 51-year-old Curtis Maroney told the 39-year-old woman he would revoke her bond if she didn’t obey his commands. After five days, investigators say Maroney drove the woman to visit her children at her father’s home and she called deputies. Maroney is charged with blackmail and trafficking in persons. He remains in the Lexington County jail. Fox News Article

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