Police: Oklahoma man kidnapped woman, made her dance at strip club

The Associated Press - December 28, 2019 10:01 am

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — An Oklahoma man is accused of abducting a woman and forcing her to dance at a Kansas strip club, then taking the money she earned at the club.

Gary Ballard of Tulsa is charged with aggravated human trafficking and aggravated kidnapping. The 23-year-old victim was reported missing from Coweta, Oklahoma three weeks ago. Authorities say that Ballard repeatedly hurt the woman and drove her to Cherokee County, Kansas, in the state’s southeastern corner.

Detectives got a tip that the woman might be in Cherokee County. A news release says that they found her on Thursday night at a strip club.

 

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