A man convicted of human trafficking on Monday is the first ever in Cuyahoga County, according to the prosecutor’s office.
TOWSON, Md. - An Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Maryland on human trafficking and prostitution charges.
Thirty-five-year-old Bennie Veasey of Cleveland was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He was convicted by a jury in July.
County prosecutors say Veasey lured a 19-year-old woman from Ohio into a prostitution ring and that she was coerced by Veasey to act as a prostitute and hand over her earnings to him. Prosecutors say Veasey was using the money to pay off lawyer's fees stemming from a rape charge in Cleveland.
The woman was recovered during a sting operation conducted by Baltimore County police.
Veasey's attorney did not immediately return messages.
An Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Maryland on human trafficking and prostitution charges.
Experts in the U.S. increasingly are applying the label "human trafficking" to homegrown prostitution. Lawmakers, police and prosecutors are starting to shift their view on this, too.