Randall Ray Ward was arrested last summer at an East Memphis motel after a woman told Bartlett police investigators that she and another woman were being forced to work for him as prostitutes.
The woman said Ward held them against their will, kept the proceeds from their sex acts, beat them if they did not follow his orders, and controlled their allotments of heroin for their addictions.
Ward’s bond has been set at $150,000.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Alyssa Hennig of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.