Cook County IL: First Ever Charged with Labor-Trafficking Offense
CHICAGO, IL – If you even remotely wondered what a person with ill intent
might do to others when it comes to Labor-Trafficking: Wonder no more.
Roy Estivez, 26, of Calumet City, IL, a suburb south of Chicago, is charged with aggravated involuntary servitude, involuntary servitude, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, according to a spokesperson for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. It is the first time their office has ever approved charges of labor trafficking and there are two victims in this case.
It is alleged that Roy Estivez took extreme advantage of two mentally challenged men who are 22 and 23. Cook County prosecutors allege that Estivez threatened, tortured, and exploited the men after renting an apartment to them and then conning them into turning over their entire paychecks to him.
Roy Estivez sexually assaulted one of the men with a power drill. Estivez burned the men’s faces and bodies with a heated knife, beat them with an electrical cord and poured hydrogen peroxide in their wounds. Estivez would often deny them food, telling them to find something to eat at work. The charges came about when one of the men’s bosses noticed injuries and the victim told him what happened.
Estivez is being held on $500,000 bail.