NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. — A truck driver in Virginia saved an alleged sex trafficking victim after he witnessed strange behavior in an RV and called police, according to authorities.
WTVR reported that trucker Kevin Kimmel caught a glimpse of a distraught looking girl who abruptly disappeared behind a black curtain.
It reportedly happened Jan. 6 outside of Richmond, Virginia. The trucker said he saw the RV parked in a truck lot and suspected something was wrong. He called police.
“Saw what looked like a young girl looking out the window, the black drapes didn’t make it look like a families’ RV, you know,” Kimmel told WTVR. “I saw a guy come up and knock on the door then go inside the Pilot — then quickly came back and knocked again, all of the sudden the thing was rocking and rolling.”
Authorities searched the RV and found a couple from Iowa and a 20-year-old woman, disheveled and malnourished.
Aldair Hodza, 36, and Laura Sorenson, 31, have been arrested and charged in the case. They have been charged with a federal crime of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.
Hodza is accused of torturing the victim by burning her with keys heated over a stove and hammering nails into her feet.
The victim’s feet had puncture wounds and numerous burns on her abdomen, groin and back, according to an affidavit.
The victim told officials that she was abducted on Christmas Eve and forced into prostitution by the couple. The suspects allegedly threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Pictures were found in the trailer of the victim naked, bound, and gagged, according to The Daily Mail.
“When I saw the young girl’s face, I said that’s not going to happen," the trucker said. "I’ve got daughters and granddaughters.”
Kimmel said he only learned about the gruesome details through the news. He said he is happy to have helped the victim.