Police arrest "Jamaican Rick," man tied to human trafficking in west Columbus


COLUMBUS -- Authorities arrested 54-year-old "Jamaican Rick," a man allegedly tied to human trafficking in west Columbus.

Andrew Harris – also known as Bobby Eric Smith and Jamaican Rick – was wanted by the Community Response Team for allegedly leading an illegal enterprise involving a pattern of corrupt activity and human trafficking.

He was arrested Thursday night around 7:30 p.m. without incident, according to Columbus Police.

Police say Jamaican Rick and his associates, Mark J. Amicon and Kevin T. King, promoted prostitution by using the website Backpage.com. They compelled women to commit commercial sex acts through extreme violence and exploitation of their heroin addictions. In one incident, a woman was reportedly tortured with a blowtorch after refusing to perform numerous sex acts.

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