‘Douche du Jour’: Craigslist Apartment Seeker Held as Sex Slave
A 27-year-old woman from Wisconsin was searching the online classified site Craigslist for a New York apartment. She found what seemed like a great deal, but she ended up getting way more than she bargained for.
The woman, whose name has not been released, found a nice man named John Hopkins on Craigslist. According to WPIX, the 45-year-old Hopkins offered her free rent if she agreed to cook and clean for him. Hopkins bought her a one-way ticket to New York on February 4. He picked her up at the airport and drove her to his apartment in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. That’s when the young woman’s world turned upside down.
According to court documents, Hopkins told the woman she would be his sex slave immediately after they arrived at his apartment. He allegedly chained her to a radiator and raped and abused her for eight days. She was blindfolded and forced to perform various sex acts with Hopkins.
The story gets stranger. Apparently the young woman was able to leave Hopkins’ apartment to go to work as a chef in a Manhattan restaurant. She then unexplainably returned to his home following her shift. She called her mother in Wisconsin and told her she was going to kill herself because she could no longer handle the abuse. Police then went to Hopkins’ apartment and discovered her lying on the bed in the fetal position, shaking. She was rushed to the hospital where she was treated for rectal bleeding and bruising. Police found a bull-gag, a whip and a rope near the bed.
Hopkins is now in police custody, held on $350,000 bail after being charged with rape, assault and unlawful imprisonment.