COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Three Columbus men have been indicted on human trafficking charges in connection with a prostitution ring that ran for more than 14 months.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the 23-count RICO indictments against Marcus Jahroam Carmon, 36; Anthony Lamont Dunn, 46; and Bradley C. Powell, 28.
Carmon, the alleged ringleader of the enterprise, was indicted on 23 counts including:
- Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
- Trafficking in Persons – Commercial Sex Acts with Specification
- Compelling Prostitution
- Promoting Prostitution
- Felonious Assault with Specification
- Having Weapons While Under Disability
- Possession of Cocaine
- Trafficking in Cocaine
- Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Possession of a Fentanyl-Related Compound
- Illegal Conveyance of Drugs of Abuse onto Grounds of a Specified Governmental Facility
Dunn was indicted on three charges while Powell was indicted on five charges.
O’Brien alleges that the human trafficking and prostitution indictments involved seven women between November, 2018, and February, 2020.
“All of the females were expected to post ads on sex/escort sites to attract clients. The defendants primarily targeted and recruited females to work for them that were vulnerable and homeless in order to personally benefit financially,” O’Brien said in a statement announcing the indictments.
All three suspects will be arraigned later this week.