A woman allegedly forced to work as a prostitute at several Columbus hotels has led to one of Ohio's first human trafficking cases.Four people now have been indicted.
A 24-year-old woman was allegedly lured to Columbus from Helicopter with the promise of a party. Once she arrived in Columbus, the victim was sexually assaulted and forced to work as a prostitute. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine tells 7news that this "first of a kind indictment" is just the beginning in the state of Ohio.
The newly formed Central Ohio Human Trafficking task force is now focusing on the massage parlors shutdown in Warren.
"We have an investigation, for example, in northeast Ohio, in Warren. Where we went in on nine different so-called massage parlors that were really prostitution. But what we're exploring now, we've shut these down, but what we're exploring now is to determine whether or not it was human trafficking going on there," said DeWine
According to DeWine, the suspects placed advertisements on the internet offering up the victim as a prostitute and collected money from the men who answered the ads. DeWine says there are more victims out there.