Victim said she tried to escape defendant but he continually threatened her life
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the RAPE, AGGRAVATED SODOMY, and TRAFFICKING A PERSON FOR SEXUAL SERVITUDE conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 54-year-old LOUIS ALLEN.
The victim, in this case, met Louis Allen around May 15, 2018. She explained to the defendant that she was homeless and desperately in need of a place to stay and had nowhere else to go. Allen told the victim that he would help her and allow her to live with him in a hotel room he rented. The victim obliged, and on May 16, 2018, Allen picked her up and drove her to the hotel. When they arrived at the hotel, there were other women in the room. Allen provided her with food, clothing, and a place to stay, but she soon learned that Allen was actually arranging for a number of women to have sex with men in exchange for money.
The defendant created social media pages for the victim on sites such as Tagged, Badoo, and Scout to solicit sex in exchange for money. Allen sold drugs and provided the victim with illegal narcotics as a way to keep her under his control. While she was with Allen, they moved between several different hotels, and when his drug dealing was no longer profitable, the environment changed.
After the other girls left, Allen began to sell the victim for sex. The victim told Allen she did not want to sell her body for sex and she wanted him to leave her alone. Allen became physically abusive to her and, the victim could not fight back. The victim repeatedly attempted to leave the defendant, but he always found her and said she owed him money. A few days prior to the incident that led to the defendant’s arrest, the victim said Allen felt disrespected, so he punched her in the face.
On June 24, 2018, the victim again attempted to escape Allen’s control, and she hid at a home in Atlanta. Allen found her, and this time, he was accompanied by someone who visibly carried a handgun. While standing with the person who had the gun, the defendant told the victim to get in his vehicle. Allen then drove the victim to an apartment complex along Troy Street in Atlanta. When they arrived, the defendant demanded the victim go inside one of the apartments to shower. Once the victim was inside of the apartment, she refused to shower. At that point, Allen angrily led her out of the apartment at knifepoint and into his vehicle where he proceeded to force her to perform oral sex upon him. The victim tried to escape the vehicle, but the defendant grabbed her by the shirt and again threatened her with the knife. The defendant told the victim to roll over upon her side. Allen forced her to remove her pants and underwear and raped the victim. During the entire incident, the victim said “NO” and asked Allen,
“Would you want someone to do this to your daughter?”
Allen told the victim during the rape that having sex with him would allow her to pay off some of her debt. After it was over, Allen told her to get out of the vehicle and to make him some more money. Once outside the vehicle, the victim immediately called police and Allen was arrested a short time later. Allen has four (4) prior felony convictions. The defendant was previously convicted (3) times in Florida for Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Cocaine Possession, and has a Federal Conspiracy conviction.
Allen was sentenced to
Life plus 40 years
Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Senior Assistant District Attorney Earnelle Winfrey, of the Human Trafficking Division within the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Trepanier, Investigator Catherine Dillard, and Victim-Witness-Advocate LaVert Forrest of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Investigator Rebecca Williams formerly with the Atlanta Police Department was the lead investigator in this case.