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Officials seek Ohio man accused of trafficking two teenage girls

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 14:50:25-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Officials are looking for a man who is accused of advertising and trafficking two teenage girls for sex.

A jury indicted Micaiah Price, 26, of Reynoldsburg, last month on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in persons, compelling prostitution, promoting prostitution, commercial sexual exploitation of a minor and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

Price advertised a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old girl for sex on the internet, according to an investigation conducted by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. Price then trafficked the victims out of numerous central Ohio hotels between Oct. 22, 2016 and Dec. 6, 2016. Officials rescued both victims.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a news release Price is purposely avoiding law enforcement in order to “evade arrest and avoid facing these very serious charges."

"Our main concern is that other children could be victimized by this suspected human trafficker until he is in custody," DeWine said. "We urge anyone with information on Micaiah Price's whereabouts to immediately contact law enforcement."

Officials said they aren’t sure if Price remains in central Ohio or if he has fled to other parts of the state.

Anyone with information should contact police or the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force via the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.