Black cafeteria worker in South Carolina reported being abused and enslaved by his White manager. Christopher Smith was abused by 52-year-old Bobby Paul Edwards for five yearsreports the Post and Courier. On Wednesday, Edwards was arrested on charges of forced felony labor.
Smith, who is mentally disabled, worked at J&J Cafeteria as a buffet cook. His lawyers claim he was “hit was a frying pan, burned with grease-covered tongs and beaten with butcher knives, belt buckles and fists while being called the N-word repeatedly.”
He also claims Edwards was also forced to work from the early morning to late at night and received minimal, if any, pay. The Post and Courier reports he was paid less than $3,000 per year.
After someone reported Edwards’ cruel behavior to social workers, the state sent people to investigate. Civil attorneys first filed a suit against Edwards and his brother who co-owns the restaurant in 2015. He could face up to 20 years in prison for forced labor felony if convicted.
Source: Ebony Magazine
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