A Washington Park man and his mother are accused of secretly holding a woman captive as a sex slave for three-years. Twenty-five-year-old Steven Elliot Johnson and his 54-year-old mother Owida Johnson face a myriad of charges including promotion of prostitution and criminal sexual abuse. They will make their first appearance in court to face the charges today in St. Clair County.
Authorities in Washington Park and neighboring areas were able to remove the 19-year-old victim and at least one child of the victim from the Johnson's home there late last week. Authorities first received word of the alleged crimes after the victim says she managed to escape and tell police her story last Tuesday.