Two Henderson men are being held in the Rusk County Jail on human trafficking charges, and officials say they expect more arrests in the case.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s office on Dec. 6 served a search warrant at the home of Kendrick Davis on Texas 64, according to information released by Lt. L.D. Summers. While serving the warrant, officials seized suspected methamphetamine and a firearm. Summers said evidence that suggested human trafficking was happening at the residence also was seized.
Davis, 28, was arrested at the scene Dec. 6 and is being held on three counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of human trafficking and charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
Bonds for Davis are set at more than $2.6 million.
His arrest warrant accuses Davis of harboring two women in his home and forcing them to have sex for money that Davis pocketed.
The warrant says one of the women, age 26, was forced to have sex with a 12-year-old boy.
The warrant says Davis threatened both women with violence to force their compliance. It also says one of the women texted her mother on the night of Dec. 5 on Davis’ cellphone while he slept, but he awoke and sexually brutalized her in retaliation. Sometime on Dec. 6, he also raped the other woman.
Information gathered during the investigation also led to the arrest of Charles Starling Jr., 43, of Henderson, according to Summers. Starling is being held on two counts of human trafficking. He was booked Thursday into the Rusk County Jail, where he is being held on a $500,000 bond for each charge.
Starling’s arrest warrant says he forced the two women to remain in his home, through physical violence and verbal intimidation, while he took money from others having sex with the women.
The warrant says Starling would track the time the women spent with men who paid him and would prevent the men from going over their paid time with the women.
The arrests come as the result of an investigation by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, Summers said. Officials expect more arrests as the investigation continues.