Two men sentenced for running human trafficking ring in central Ohio

Jeffrey Bagley and Curtis Gossett

Two men have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in a human trafficking ring in central Ohio.

An investigation by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force found that Curtis Gossett and Jeffrey Bagley recruited women from the streets and jail, used narcotics to control their victims and trafficked dozens of women for commercial sex in Columbus.

“Women who are sold in the sex trade often think no one will believe them. These convictions are proof positive that there is justice,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. “Our work here is not done.”

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“I am very proud of the efforts of the Human Trafficking Task Force,” said Columbus Police Deputy Chief Tim Becker. “The outcome of this investigation demonstrates the commitment of the Columbus Division of Police to actively support the eradication of trafficking humans in our community and CPD will collaborate with our partners to prosecute offenders to the highest degree.”

“The buyers of commercial sex are often sanctioning and committing rape; the victims of sex trafficking are not willing participants,” said Sergeant Mark Rapp, director of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. “The victims are compelled through manipulation to engage in sex acts they may not otherwise participate in.”

The investigation began in March 2016 after a victim walked into Columbus Police Headquarters and told an offer she was a heroin addict and had been working for Gossett as a prostitute.

Gossett and Bagley were convicted and sentenced to 13 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, and both will be required to register as Tier II sex offenders.

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