Cullman attorney arrested again, additional charges of human trafficking

Cullman attorney arrested again, additional charges of human trafficking
(Source: The Cullman Times)

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - A Cullman attorney was arrested today and charged with two counts of human trafficking. These charges come just days after a separate arrest with similar charges was made.

Randy Hames, 75, was charged with first- and second-degree human trafficking today, where he posted an $80,000 property bond and was freed, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said.

This arrest comes after Hames was arrested and charged Monday on two county human trafficking in the 2nd degree. He posted bonds totalling $30,000.

These two arrests follow another arrest last month when Hames allegedly stalked and solicited a prostitute.

A couple of weeks before that, two women started civil proceedings against him, filing petitions for protection of abuse.

"The solicitation of prostitution case came about because those tenants were behind on rent.They were not prostitutes. I want to make that very clear. There were offers made in exchange for the payment of rent. These were vulnerable people. These were vulnerable people. They were struggling and unfortunately they were placed in a situation where they faced the possibility of sexual servitude as a result of being tenants in this trailer park," Champ Crocker, attorney representing two of the female victims, said.

In those requests, they claim they had been renting from Hames at a mobile home park.

The women say he made sexual advances towards them, and when they refused, they were evicted.

They also claim that Hames stalked them.

"Whenever you seek sexual servitude, that's the key. Sexual servitude of another person, that is human trafficking.Our clients have been subjected under the authority of Mr. Hames in one scenario or another. We have more than two clients. This situation is developing. The important thing that I want to say is this--no one is above the law. No an attorney is above the law," Crocker said.

We reached out to the attorney now representing Hames. As of publication time, they had not responded.

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