LIBERTY CO., GA (WTOC) - A Gum Branch man has been arrested and charged with human trafficking.
Investigators received a report of human trafficking taking place in the Gum Branch area. After a month-long investigation, a search warrant was executed on Oct. 4 on the property of 67-year-old Randy Ray, who resides on the 1400 block of Ray Road.
The warrant alleged Ray would enter into agreements with female inmates who were detained at the Liberty County Jail to bond them out under the pretext of having them work on his property and allegedly performing sexual favors, according to LCSO.
We’ve spoken to over two dozen people in the community who know Ray, including his son. They tell us it’s too soon to talk as they’re still extremely shocked after a female inmate came forward from the jail to investigators. She came forward in early September, claiming there are other victims as well. In the incident report, at least two women testified.
The people we spoke to did not wish to speak on camera. Ray’s son also denied comment. Most of them tell us three generations of Rays live in Gum Branch, and this news is not only shocking in a small town - but devastating for the family.
Ray now faces three felony charges to include two sex trafficking charges and one of coercing someone into prostitution.
The investigation is ongoing.