A Black cafeteria worker in South Carolina reported being
abused and enslaved by his White manager. Christopher Smith was

abused by 52-year-old Bobby Paul Edwards for five years

reports the Post and Courier. On Wednesday, Edwards was
arrested on charges of forced felony labor.

Smith, who is mentally disabled,
worked at J&J Cafeteria as a buffet cook
His lawyers claim he was “hit was a frying pan,
burned with grease-covered tongs and beaten with butcher
knives, belt buckles and fists while being called the N-word

He also claims Edwards was also forced to work from the early
morning to late at night and received minimal, if any, pay. The
Post and Courier reports he was paid less than $3,000 per year.

After someone reported Edwards’ cruel behavior to social
workers, the state sent people to investigate. Civil attorneys
first filed a suit against Edwards and his brother who co-owns
the restaurant in 2015. He could face up to 20 years in prison
for forced labor felony if convicted.