5:28 a.m. EST January 23, 2015
See original post here from Cincinnati.com
Two Cincinnati men were arrested and indicted in federal court on human trafficking charges as a result of a joint investigation involving Cincinnati police, the FBI and other agencies.
Anthony Lee Brown, 48, and Christopher Combs, 25, were arrested Thursday and both are facing one count of coercion or enticement of a female and two counts of transportation of individuals to engage in prostitution, in the U.S. District Court's Southern District of Ohio, Western Division.
The criminal complaint states that Brown and Combs began using a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce on or around Oct. 7 to persuade individuals known to a grand jury to engage in sexual activity.
Brown and Combs based their operation in Cincinnati police's backyard - the residence they used could be seen from the District 3 headquarters at 3201 Warsaw Ave., according to authorities.
Brown's and Combs' initial court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday.
The criminal complaint also states the defendants, upon conviction, would forfeit all property derived from any proceeds obtained from human trafficking activities.
Public defenders have been appointed to represent Brown and Combs. The men are jailed in Butler County Jail and are being held without bond, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office website.
The investigation into Combs' and Brown's case is ongoing.
Thursday's case marks the second high-profile human trafficking case with ties to Greater Cincinnati in less than a year.
Authorities arrested Christopher Hisle April 8 after they said he drove women from Cincinnati to Louisville to engage in prostitution, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.