Chicago man abducted woman in November, made her work as a prostitute until cops rescued her this week: prosecutors

CHICAGO — For two months, a woman was held against her will in a Chicago apartment by a man who beat her, threatened her with a gun, forced her to have sex with strangers, and only gave her food once a day.

Recently given a phone to set up a “date” with a customer, she managed to text a human trafficking helpline instead. Tipped off by the hotline, Chicago police and the FBI rescued the woman and arrested her captor on Tuesday evening, according to prosecutors.

On Thursday afternoon, Judge Maryam Ahmad ordered Kenneth Allen, 34, jailed while he awaits trial on charges of Class X human trafficking and aggravated unlawful restraint.

In a written proffer, prosecutors said Allen forced the 33-year-old victim into his apartment at gunpoint in November. Since then, she has been confined to his bedroom in the 1400 block of West 15th Street, under 24-hour surveillance via a baby monitor, officials said.

Allen regularly threatened the woman with a handgun, threatening to shoot her if she tried to escape and vowing that she would not get away until he died, according to the proffer.

He forced her to have sex with strangers for up to $200 an hour, then kept all of the cash, prosecutors said. If she didn’t earn enough, he allegedly beat her with a metal pipe. The police who freed the victim said they saw green bruising on both of her legs and an elbow, apparently the result of those beatings.

Kenneth Allen (Chicago Police Department)

Prosecutors said he fed her one meal a day and gave her drugs instead of food when she became hungry.

When Allen had to leave, he put his girlfriend in charge of the victim, officials said. He allegedly beat them both if he felt they did not follow his instructions while he was away.

Allen, described in his CPD arrest report as a “registered Mafia Insane Vice Lord,” sometimes allowed the woman to use a phone to set dates with men who would come to the apartment to have sex with her. On one of those occasions, she texted a helpline, setting off a chain of events that culminated with the execution of a search warrant at Allen’s apartment this week, officials said.

Upon discovering the FBI and Chicago cops outside his door, Allen ordered his girlfriend to toss his gun out of the window, prosecutors said. She did, and the cops picked it up. They say it wasn’t loaded.

Court records show Allen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2020 for vehicular invasion and being a felon in possession of a firearm. That case was initially charged as a carjacking. He had felony narcotics convictions in 2016 and 2013, according to the records.

Allen’s girlfriend is not charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the woman’s confinement and exploitation. However, she is being held at the Cook County jail on an extradition warrant from Indiana.

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