Man charged in alleged prostitution ring

August 20, 2010 (CHICAGO)

Troy Bonaparte, 45, of 8025 S. Ridgeland, Chicago, has been charged with several felonies including involuntary servitude, trafficking in persons and unlawful restraint.

According to prosecutors, Bonaparte forced three women to prostitute themselves for his profit. He allegedly took sexually provocative photos of the women and posted the pictures in internet ads for escort services.

Prosecutors say Bonaparte, who forced the women to call him 'Magnificent,' lived with the women in area motels. Officials say the women would work eight to 12 hours a day and received no money from Bonaparte.

Bonaparte used violence to control the women, according to prosecutors. He allegedly threatened to beat or kill the women if they quit.

Working undercover, Cook County Sheriff's Police arrested Bonaparte at a motel in Elk Grove Village. They recovered more than $2,700 in cash, cameras, a laptop and computer as well as small amounts of crack cocaine and heroin.

Bonaparte was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

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