The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority Inc. at Fort Valley State University are under investigation for allegedly forcing pledges to participate in a prostitution ring in order to pay for initiation fees.
According to The Daily Mail, the chapter at Fort Valley State was suspended last week (May 7) after allegations were made public by a female administration employee at the university.
The employee claimed that the newest members of the organization were involved in a prostitution ring in order to pay the pledging fees associated with becoming a member of the sorority.
According to Rolling Out, clients included local politicians and businessmen.
Alecia Johnson, an executive assistant at the university and an AKA advisor, is currently being investigated.
Once the investigation began, Johnson resigned from her position.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has been looking into the allegations since last month but no arrests have been made and authorities have yet to confirm any of the allegations.
Adrian Patrick, the attorney representing Johnson told WSB-TV, that his client was not a pimp.
“She’s not a pimp, and she’s not a madam. None of that. She’s not guilty. She did not do anything.”
Patrick called the allegations incredulous.
“I mean, I know people want to be in a sorority. I got that part. I just don’t think you’re going to sell your body. Plus, it’s inconsistent with the reputation of Alpha Kappa Alpha.”
The investigation began after the university received two different complaints in early April, one made anonymously through a campus hotline and another made by an employee.
The spokesperson for the national organization said they were “appalled” by the allegations and have launched their own internal investigation into the claims.
“These allegations are in no way representative of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 110-year service-based mission or its nearly 300,000 members. We condemn these allegations in the strongest possible terms.”
The average costs of joining a historically Black Greek sorority or fraternity range from $700-$2,500.