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Man known as 'Chopper' suspected of sex trafficking; Las Vegas detectives seek victims

Kevin Barnes
The Clark County Detention Center in downtown Las Vegas
Posted at 1:15 PM, Apr 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 09:57:43-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police in Las Vegas believe a former reality TV star arrested for sex trafficking may have additional victims, officials said in a press release.

Kevin Barnes, 37, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Monday for sex trafficking of an adult.

Barnes, who goes by the nickname "Chopper" was featured on the MTV reality series "Making the Band."

He has a large social media following, and detectives believe he may have used that following "to recruit women to be sex workers," they said.

Court records show a criminal complaint was filed against Barnes on Monday. He was released from jail and is scheduled to appear in court next month.

Officers asked that "anyone who was contacted by Barnes to become a sex worker" to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's vice section at 702-828-3455. Those who wish to remain anonymous can submit a tip through Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at crimestoppersofnv.com.

Editor's note: Las Vegas police initially said Barnes uses the moniker "Choppa" on social media, but issued a correction to say his moniker is "Chopper."