Category: Ohio

Doctor, church youth director among suspects arrested in trafficking, online child sex sting

More than 100 people in three central Ohio counties have been arrested in a massive human trafficking and internet sex sting. Among those charged include Austin Kosier, a 31-year-old doctor, who worked in the emergency department at Genesis Healthcare System and Christian Gibson, 26, a youth director in training at Redeemer’s at Courtright Church. Both men are charged with two felonies – attempted unlawful conduct with a minor and importuning. Kosier and Gibson are also accused of traveling to meet a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

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Ohio doctor accused of sex trafficking children between the ages of 12 and 14 years old

Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss, 52, of Canfield, OH, has been indicted on four counts of sex trafficking a minor and one count of production of child pornography. Authorities say Aiad-Toss allegedly “used force, threats of force, fraud or other coercion to cause three minor victims to engage in commercial sex acts” in June. The victims involved were between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.

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Toledo man sentenced to 35 years for sex trafficking of a minor

A Toledo, OH man will spend the next 35 years behind bars after he was sentenced for sex trafficking involving a minor. Lawrence Jones, 32, previously pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Jones met the minor via social media who had run away from home and transported the girl to a home in Toledo, where he took nude photographs of her and posted them online, offering commercial sex acts in the Toledo area.

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Ohio state trooper rescues human trafficking victim

During the stop, OSHP says the officer noticed a young female riding with an older male. Neither the girl or the man had identification on them or spoke English. Police say it was confirmed that the man had forced the girl to perform acts on him and that the girl was being taken to Chicago from New Jersey.

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The Columbus City Attorney and Franklin County Sheriff announced their offices worked together to shut down a massage parlor that investigators say was a front for illegal sex acts. A months-long investigation revealed a pattern of prostitution at Sunflower Asian Spa in a Hilliard area strip mall.

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More than 1,000 juvenile human trafficking victims in Ohio, UC finds

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) recently announced the results of a human trafficking study that analyzed the extent to which youth and young adults are exploited in Ohio. The study identified 1,032 juvenile human trafficking victims in Ohio between 2014 and 2016. Researchers also identified 4,209 youth who were at risk for trafficking victimization.
“We are hopeful that the findings of this study, an inventory of data capacity and tracking, will lead to the creation of tools and systems that will ultimately help identify and respond to victims of human trafficking,” Anderson said in a news release.

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Oregon Senate OKs bill to aid human trafficking victims

“Whether one self-identifies as a sex worker or is a victim of trafficking, I believe we can all agree that these individuals have rights,” said Sen. Kathleen Taylor (D-Milwaukie), who carried the bill on the Senate floor. “All humans, no matter their particular situation, are valuable and deserve safety and access to the justice system, as well as the resources that come with accessing that system.”

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Understanding is key in human trafficking awareness

Locally, on January 25th, End Slavery Cincinnati and The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky will present the 2019 Anti-Human Trafficking Conference at the American Red Cross of Cincinnati. The conference will educate participants on improving the healthcare response to human trafficking, strategies to aid and provide legal services to survivors, and other topics within a selection of 12 workshops. There will also be a keynote address on advocacy delivered by a panel of human trafficking survivors.

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‘All he sees her as is a dollar sign’ Akron court starts program for women trapped in human trafficking

“I think it was six years I’m in and out of cars right here on these streets of Akron, Ohio until one night I ended up on a street and I remember screaming out to God, kill me or save me but don’t let me live like this,” Angel said. God didn’t leave Angel in that world. She was found her when she was drug addicted and hopeless and sitting in prison. But she’s not in that place anymore.

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Judge to attorney charged with human trafficking: No lower bond

Attorney Robert Poole pleaded not guilty Monday to 15 charges including human trafficking of a minor and rape. A police investigation into human trafficking charges against prominent conservative activist and former judge Tim Nolan led to a tip about Poole, said Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear Nov. 16 in a news release. The 50-year-old Poole was arrested Nov. 16 at his Erlanger law office. A Kenton County grand jury indicted Poole on sex crimes charges.

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Akron couple sentenced to prison on human trafficking charges

An Akron, Ohio couple was sentenced to prison on a slew of human trafficking charges, prosecutors said. Darren Townsend, 38, and Pearl Coffey, 35, were charged with multiple counts of compelling prostitution, trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution and corrupting another with drugs, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Link between Social Media and Sex-Trafficking

A study conducted by researchers at The University of Toledo shows that there is a link between social media and sex trafficking. The traffickers can easily go online and prey on vulnerable youth. Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute state that it is crucial “educate parents, professionals, and youth—especially our middle school or teenage daughters who may be insecure—about the dangers of online predatory practices used by master manipulators.”

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