Oklahoma man accused of kidnapping woman, forcing her to work at gentleman’s club

COWETA, Okla. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma man is accused of kidnapping a woman and forcing her to dance at a gentleman’s club.

Investigators allege that Gary Lavan Ballard kidnapped a 24-year-old woman from Coweta about three weeks ago. Authorities say Ballard repeatedly assaulted the victim and drove her to Kansas.

Detectives received a tip about the victim and found her at the club.

Officials with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department in Kansas arrested Ballard on a complaint of aggravated human trafficking and forced labor.


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