Trio Accused of Sex Trafficking

Prosecutors say homeless women forced into prostitution

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    Officials say Schiller Park man and his associates recruited young homeless women and forced them to perform sex acts for profit. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Friday, Feb 1, 2013)

    "A sex trafficking house of horrors."

    That's how Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez described the Schiller Park house belonging to 52-year-old Keith Williams.

    Williams and two of his associates, cousins Roman Kurek, 49, and Sylvia Topolewski, 37, were accused Friday of recruiting young homeless women and forcing them to perform sex acts for profit.

    Williams is charged with Involuntary Servitude, Trafficking in Persons. Kurek and Topolewski face the same charges, along with Promoting Prostitution (Kurek) and Prostitution (Topolewski).

    Alvarez said Williams, who went by the street name "Shampoo," controlled as many as six women by locking them in his Schiller Park house and another home in Chicago and literally fed them heroin and crack on a silver platter.

    Victims who failed to turn over their money or angered Williams were beaten, starved and urinated on, Alvarez said at a Friday news conference.

    Williams was being held on a $650,000 bond and Kurek and Topolewski were each being held on a $350,000 bond.