Category: Ohio

Summit County undercover investigation busts human trafficking operation

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) – An undercover investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office busted a human trafficking operation on Oct. 15.
The sheriff’s office said numerous women were detained for further investigation, as well as offered victim services and evaluations at the Akron General Hospital SANE Unit.
Three of those women accepted the offer for victim services, according to the sheriff.

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U.S. Marshals Service Reveals Majority of Rescued Sex-Trafficked Children Came From Foster Care

The U.S. Marshals Service recently launched a nationwide effort to recover missing and exploited children. Three major operations rescued over 100 children, many of them from sex traffickers. But a disturbing trend discovered during the operation should launch a nationwide investigation into the American child welfare system. PJ Media reached out to USMS for details on the rescued children and was told that the majority of them came from foster care. This information was ignored in the initial media reports on the operation. Dave Oney, press contact at the USMS, responded via email to questions about the rescued children.

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Three indicted for human trafficking and prostitution

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Franklin County, Ohio, grand jury indicted three men for human trafficking and prostitution.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the grand jury returned a 23 count RICO indictment against Marcus Jahroam Carmon, 36, Anthony Lamont Dunn, 46, and Bradley C. Powell, 28.
Prosecutors said Carmon was the ring leader and has been charged with the following:
-Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
-Trafficking in Persons – Commercial Sex Acts with Specification
-Compelling Prostitution

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Trafficker sentenced for forcing undocumented immigrants to work on Ohio farms

Toledo, Ohio — Pablo Ramirez was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $70,000 fine in a trafficking-related case. “Ramirez exploited the desperation of migrant workers and, in some instances, their children for his own personal financial gain,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “Human trafficking can take many forms, and this sentence reflects the Justice Department’s commitment to combat this plague in every shape it takes.”

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Ohio man gets 42 years in prison for sex trafficking 14-year-old girl

Lima, Ohio — Man sentenced to nearly 42 years for sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl. As part of his sentence, Cochran will pay full restitution to the victim and others impacted by the crimes. “While unthinkable to most of us, sex trafficking of children is real and organized,” said David M. DeVillers, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus. “We must recognize the unthinkable and report suspicious activity for the sake of our most vulnerable”.

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Multiple people indicted on charges related to human trafficking operation in Scioto County

Scioto County, Ohio – A federal grand jury has indicted a Scioto County man and several of his family members and associates with charges related to a child sex trafficking operation. According to United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David M. DeVillers, the man allegedly exchanged drugs obtained in Columbus and elsewhere for sexual access to the children of drug-addicted mothers. The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force agents began investigating Larry Dean Porter, 69, in April 2019.

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University of Dayton, Abolition Ohio offers online human trafficking services

Dayton, Ohio– Sex trafficking has increased because of job loss, a lack of housing security and reduced social and public services according to Abolition Ohio, an anti trafficking coalition organized by the University of Dayton. The public is invited to attend on Zoom The Abolition Ohio Monthly Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meetings to learn about resources available to students, educators, and community members in order to keep kids safe from trafficking and exploitation.

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Two men federally indicted for child exploitation, explicit content

Two men were indicted in U.S. District Court in Toledo on Wednesday in separate cases of sexually exploiting a minor and possessing child pornography, according to court documents. One of the accused allegedly sent nude photos of the girl, which appear to be taken by hidden cameras. He also told an Oregon man that he had been experimenting with drugs to see which ones work best on the child.

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DeWine frees Alexis Martin, sex trafficking survivor convicted of pimp’s murder at 17

A sex trafficker survivor from Ohio will be released from prison. “She will be sent to a group home and she will be under supervision for an extensive period of time. When the victim was 15 years-old she planned the murder of the trafficker. When she was 17, she received a sentence for 21 years. Ohio’s Supreme Court chief justice knew that he had forced her into sex trafficking but kept her sentence.

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Two teenage girls Cleveland pastor paid for sex were part of child sex trafficking ring, prosecutor says

In Cleveland, Ohio two people have been charged with human trafficking. A 20-year-old woman recruited three teenage girls to participate in sexual activity. A pastor patronized these girls twice. He paid to have sex with the underage girls around August and November in 2018. If convicted, the woman could face up to 10-15 years while the pastor could face up to six years.

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MGM Northfield Park Donates $10,000 to Fight Human Trafficking in Ohio

MGM Northfield Park is donating $10,000 to a local task force that is dedicated to stopping human trafficking in northeastern Ohio. Summit County Sheriff Division of Human Trafficking and Prostitution will help with healthcare for victims and provide resources to the sheriff’s department. MGM Northfield Park is also offering training to its employees to understand the signs for human trafficking. Ohio reported around 400 cases to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Ohio is fourth in the number of cases.

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Freedom Center joins movement to end human trafficking

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio is hosting special events on Thursday February 13th. People from across the world will join together and raise awareness. “End It” movement calls for people to draw a red X on their hands to represent the millions that are enslaved. Ohio ranks fourth for the number of human trafficking cases.

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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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