ASHLAND, Ohio - An Ashland couple was convicted Friday for holding a woman with cognitive disabilities and daughter captive and making the pair perform manual labor.
A federal grand jury convicted Jordie L. Callahan, 27 and Jessica L. Hunt, 32, on one count each of conspiracy to violate laws, forced labor and acquiring a controlled substance by deception.
“These defendants inflicted unspeakable cruelty upon this mother and her child,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “This case provides another stark reminder that human trafficking takes place all around us, and that we need to be better neighbors to one another.”
Callahan and Hunt used a combination of violence, threats, sexual assaults, humiliation, deprivation and monitoring to establish and continue a pattern of domination and control over their two victims.
Callahan and Hunt beat their victims, threatened them with pit bulls and snakes, made the two sleep in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, prevented their access to restrooms and forced one of the victims to eat dog food and crawl on the floor.
The couple are scheduled to be sentenced in July.