UPDATE: Woonsocket man held without bail after 19-year-old victim says she was held as a sex slave
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE): Reliving a nightmare is what it's like for Kendra Bianco, recalling the last 3 weeks. The 19-year-old girl from Woonsocket says she was held as a sex slave until Tuesday.
"Whatever I say, you do," Bianco recalled. "If I lie down, you lie down."
Bianco says she was forced into sex, starved, and beaten.
"I was only allowed to eat if I did good," Bianco said.
Being good meant listening to her keeper's demands.
"I had to walk on my hands and knees to get him stuff," she said. "He told me to get water, I'm crawling on my hands and knees. I spilled the water and he kicked me in the jaw."
According to the Woonsocket Police Chief, Francisco Dias, 48, was arrested Wednesday on several charges including multiple counts of sexual assault, kidnapping, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Bianco said she was lured into Dias' apartment on Providence Street in Woonsocket, fearing for her life if she left.
"I wanted to go home to my family," she said. "I wanted them to know I am alive but he had a gun. He did things like pistol-whip me, put it in my mouth, clock back the clip."
Bianco is no stranger to drugs and prostitution. She has been involved since she was 12 years old but had been trying to put her life back together. However, she found herself with the wrong crowd, which led her into Dias' house.
"I didn't want to have sex with people just to do drugs because I was sick," Bianco said. "I didn't want to live that life."
Bianco's father turned to the Woonsocket Police Department to help.
She had a warrant for a misdemeanor charge for obstructing an officer back in November. Woonsocket Police used that as a reason to pull Bianco out of the house.
"I don't want anyone else to go through this and live that life. It's not a life to live."
Dias was arrested Wednesday afternoon and was arraigned in Providence District Court on Thursday morning.
He was held without bail on 17 charges of 1st Degree sexual assault, 1 charge of kidnapping, 1 charge of felony assault, 1 charge of possession of a firearm, and 4 charges of simple assault and battery.
The case will now go to a grand jury.