A Milwaukee motorcycle shop owner has been charged with human trafficking in a case that alleges he beat his teenage daughter and another family member while at his business.
The owner of PL Motorcycle Shop, Paul Lavoe, was arrested on two counts of human trafficking and multiple other felonies, according to TMJ4. Court documents allege Lavoe had been beating his 14-year-old daughter with wires and electric cords over the last year.
The other alleged victim is also a teenaged girl, a cousin reportedly adopted from Ghana. She told authorities Lavoe took both girls out of school and forced them to provide day care for younger children while he and his wife worked at the shop.
Lavoe and his biological daughter are also from Ghana. His wife, Amanda Lavoe, also faces charges of letting the abuse happen and benefiting from human trafficking.
According to court papers, Lavoe admitted to whipping his biological daughter over discipline problems with her, and told investigators he whips the girl about once a month or once every two months and has been doing so for about three years.
Paul and Amanda Lavoe were out of jail as of Tuesday evening. Paul is out on $40,000 bail and as a condition, he had to surrender his passport.
Posted by Holly Wagner
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