DECATUR — Two Decatur men accused of imprisoning a 23-year-old woman and using her as a prostitute and sex slave appeared Wednesday in Macon County Circuit Court.
Anthony D. Bates, 49, and Ryan A. Bostick, 31, both pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting prostitution and involuntary servitude. Probable cause was found to try both men, with Bates scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 7 and Bostick on Sept. 5.
Both men appeared in court in separate hearings, but the charges against them are identical and both were represented by public defender David Ellison.
Going over the evidence while questioning Decatur police patrol officer Anna Oldham, Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said the victim, a drug user, was held by the men at a house in the 1600 block of North Warren Street.
She had been lured there on the pretext of giving her a place to stay, Scott said, but was kept in a locked room. The woman told police that Bostick supplied her cocaine to keep her slim while Bates drove her to various Decatur locations to be used as a prostitute. A sworn Decatur police affidavit filed with the case said the woman would also have to perform sexual favors for her captors.
“She advised she had to have sexual intercourse with Dirty (Bates’ nickname) so she could get tampons,” the affidavit said.
The woman said she was frightened of both men and endured her captivity for more than two weeks, Scott said. She told police she had seen Bostick with a handgun and both men had told her they would “take care of her” if she didn’t do as they ordered.
How she escaped captivity wasn’t explained in court, but she arrived at Decatur police headquarters on June 22 to tell her story.