White man ac­cused of en­slav­ing black man in­dicted

Houston Chronicle - - NATION -

A white restau­rant man­ager ac­cused of en­slav­ing and abus­ing a men­tally dis­abled black man has been in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury in South Carolina on a charge of forced la­bor.

Fed­eral prose­cu­tors say Bobby Paul Ed­wards used “force, threats of force, phys­i­cal re­straint, and co­er­cion” to com­pel John Christo­pher Smith to work as a buf­fet cook at J&J Cafe­te­ria in Con­way, S.C., for more than five years.

Ed­wards, 52, was ar­rested this week and pleaded not guilty in open court on Wed­nes­day.

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