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Columbus Police looking for man suspected of human trafficking, torturing woman with blowtorch

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The Columbus Division of Police is looking for a man known as "Jamaican Rick," who is accused of leading an enterprise to promote prostitution.

Andrew Harris, AKA Bobby Eric Smith, 54, is accused of compelling women into prostitution "through extreme violence and the exploitation of their heroin addictions."

Police say in one incident, a female was tortured with a blow torch after refusing to perform numerous sex acts. 

Police say Harris and associates promoted prostitution on the website Backpage. 

His associates, Mark J. Amicon and Kevin Thomas King, have been arrested, police say. 

Harris is still at large. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Boyle at cboyle@columbuspolice.org or Crime Stoppers at 614-641-8477 or stopcrime.org. 


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