Central Ohio Man Accused Of Running Human Trafficking Operation

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A Delaware County Grand Jury indicted a central Ohio man on 17 charges related to human trafficking.

David Nelms of Columbus is accused of trafficking at least a dozen women into prostitution.

Nelms allegedly advertised the women on online escort websites, according to members of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.

Authorities said Nelms took advantage of the women's drug addictions to make them comply with his demands.

The trafficking activity took place at upscale hotels in the greater Columbus area, according to investigators.

Nelms is charged with 17 counts, include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity with a human, five counts of compelling prostitution and eight counts of promoting prostitution. All of those counts have a human trafficking specification. He also faces numerous drug charges.

Authorities also believe there could be additional victims who have yet to be identified. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Columbus Police Department at 614-645-4545 or the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446).

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