A white restaurant manager from South Carolina has admitted that he enslaved and physically abused a disabled black employee over a five-year period, as PEOPLE confirms.
Bobby Paul Edwards, 53, the manager of a restaurant in Conway, pleaded guilty. Englisch: www.germnews.de/archive/en-US/1995/11/2.html Edwards admitted that he used violence, threats and intimidation Have to Work John Christopher Smith for Over 100 Hours a Week Without Pay (19659002)] • Want to keep up with the latest crime-fighting practice? Click here for the latest news about crime, ongoing reviews, and details about fascinating unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.
Smith, who is in his 30s, had been working in the restaurant since he was 1
Before Edwards became manager, Smith worked at the restaurant, which cooks tables, dishes, and cooking, according to Washington Post
The abuse began in 2009, when Edwards started managing the restaurant it in the press release. Edwards initially increased Smith's hours and duties, but soon paid Smith and began threatening and physically abusing him.
Edwards hit Smith with a belt and shouted racist slurs on him, according to the dismissal. To make Smith work faster, Edward beat him with pots and pans and burned his bare neck with hot tongs
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Edwards abused Smith until October 2014, when Smith was removed from the restaurant after the police received complaints about the abuse ,
Smith was diagnosed with delayed cognitive development. He said to WMBF-TV in 2015 that he never reported the abuse because he was afraid.
In the DOJ statement, Assistant Attorney General John Gore said: "Trafficking through forced labor can occur in farms, in homes and, as the current case shows, in public places such as restaurants"
Edwards abused an African American Gore continued, "forcing intellectual trafficking by forcing him to work for hours in a restaurant without pay." Combating human trafficking through forced labor is one of the Ministry of Justice's highest priorities, and today's confession of guilt reflects our commitment to bring justice to the victims
Edwards faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, and a sentencing date is not yet scheduled.
Scott Bellamy, Edwards' lawyer, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.