Two Ohioans charged with human trafficking crimes
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 11 May 2013 07:04

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two Ohioans accused of forcing teens into prostitution are facing human trafficking charges.

Federal authorities said Friday an Elyria man and Avon Lake woman have been charged in U.S. District Court in Cleveland with two counts of sex trafficking. One count involves a minor.

The two were arrested April 9 in Elyria. The woman told investigators she worked for the man, arranging sex meetings and posting online ads.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach (DEHT'-ehl-bahk) says the two are accused of preying on teens in the community.

According to the criminal complaint, one victim said she was forced to have sex for money in order to pay off a drug debt to the man. The victim told authorities she believed he would beat her if she kept any money.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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