Trucker who saw distraught girl in RV took action, reportedly saved victim from sexual slavery

Posted at 4:53 PM, Feb 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-14 18:53:56-05

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. – A man who drives a truck is reportedly being credited for his help in rescuing a young girl from alleged sexual slavery after he saw something amiss and decided to get involved.

Truck driver Kevin Kimmel is receiving praise for his part in rescuing a girl from alleged sexual slavery. Screen capture courtesy WTVR.

FOX 13 News sister station WTVR reports that Trucker Kevin Kimmel, a father and grandfather, noticed something strange about an RV parked in a Pilot Truck lot. He said when he saw a distraught girl peering out from behind a black curtain, he knew something wasn't right.

“Saw what looked like a young girl looking out the window, the black drapes didn’t make it look like a families’ RV, you know,” Kimmel told WTVR. “I saw a guy come up and knock on the door then go inside the Pilot–then quickly came back and knocked again, all of the sudden the thing was rocking and rolling.”

Kimmel said he knew what was going on, then, so he called police.

He told KTVR: “When I saw the young girl’s face, I said, ‘That’s not going to happen, I’ve got daughters and granddaughters.’”

Police investigated and found a young woman from Iowa who was disheveled and appeared malnourished. The girl told police she had been physically and sexually abused.

An affidavit states the victim had puncture wounds on the tops of her feet consistent with nails hammered into flesh, and there were numerous burns on her abdomen, groin and back suggesting she had been struck or stamped with a hot metal key.

The girl reportedly told police she had been branded and cut by the suspects and forced to perform sex acts on the male suspect as well as on another man who came to a gas station in response to a Craigslist posting.

Aldair Hodza and Laura Sorenson. Image courtesy WTVR.

Aldair Hodza and Laura Sorenson of Iowa were arrested and face federal charges of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.

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