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South Carolina bondsman charged with human trafficking

Lexington County, South Carolina, authorities arrested a Batesburg-Leesville bondsman on the unusual charge of forced labor after he was accused of making a woman do sexual favors and work for him in exchange for bail.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Curtis Jackson Maroney, 51, of Sandpit Road, Monday afternoon on charges of blackmail and trafficking in persons for forced labor or services, the sheriff's department said.

According to arrest warrants, Maroney posted bail of $16,122.50 for a 39-year-old Lexington woman Aug. 12 at the Lexington County Detention Center, on the condition the woman clean and cook for him, perform other manual labor and provide sexual favors. The illegal requirements continued through Aug. 17.

Maroney is a licensed as a bondsman and operates the Affordable Bond Company. The victim was in the detention center as a result of her July 31 arrest by the S.C. Highway Patrol for driving under the influence, second offense, as well as driving an uninsured vehicle, possessing a controlled substance, hit and run involving property damage and driving with a suspended license.

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