‘Making the Band’ star Chopper caught in undercover sex trafficking case, Las Vegas police say

37-year-old man caught in the act of sex trafficking

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A warrant for rapper and former MTV star Kevin Barnes, also known as “Chopper,” claims he contacted an undercover investigator in connection with a sex trafficking sting.

Barnes, 37, appeared on the TV show “Making The Band.”

On March 29, an undercover Las Vegas subway cop received a message from Barnes’ Instagram account with emojis frequently used to indicate prostitution, investigators said. Police also noted, “Barnes has a public Instagram account where he has numerous posts relating to the prostitution lifestyle.”

Police say Barnes posted multiple photos of himself flaunting his wealth, including photos with money and expensive items, they said.

Due to Barnes’ social media accounts, police suspected he was using his profile to “recruit victims of sex trafficking”. [and] prostitute themselves for him,” police said.

From the same day until March 30, police said they messaged Barnes on Instagram about working for him as a prostitute.

“I’m hitting towns running…you shouldn’t be in Vegas trap’n tho,” Barnes said, according to police. Police noted that “trap is a common term used to refer to making money.”

Barnes called the undercover investigator on March 30, saying he was not currently in Las Vegas, but had a home here. Police described the conversation as a “phone interview” before “he was going to raise [her].”

When the undercover investigator said she was nervous about traveling and meeting Barnes, he allegedly got upset and yelled at her on the phone.

Barnes allegedly told the undercover investigator that she shouldn’t “be afraid to go to jail” and that her “testing program is working.”

A warrant for Barnes’ arrest was issued on April 8. Las Vegas police arrested him Monday on a sex trafficking charge.

In court on Tuesday, Judge Karen Bennett-Haron released him on her own recognizance.

Police noted that they thought they might be more victims.

Evelyn C. Tobin