CINCINNATI — Four people from Cincinnati accused in a conspiracy to sell 16-year-old girls for sex out of a Blue Ash hotel now face federal human trafficking charges.
According to U.S. Attorney David DeVillers, Blue Ash police and the FBI arrested the four on Oct. 29 as part of a joint operation targeting human trafficking at the Quality Inn on Pfeiffer Road.
Authorities discovered condoms, "sexual devices," bottles of lubricant and a firearm inside the hotel room, and obtained audio recordings of the four discussing logistics for trafficking underage girls.
Police and agents also found a 16-year-old victim who “had allegedly been brought to the hotel to perform sex acts for money, a portion of which would be given to the defendants,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Doyenn J. Clayborne, 34, ChaKirah Ala Shae Stephens, 22, Kionte Hashiem Anderson, 19 and Joleen Marie Smith, 44, all made appearances in U.S. District Court on Monday.
Each stands charged with a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum of 10 years, and they could potentially face life in prison.