Feds: Cincinnati brothers forced teen into prostitution, drugs

Feds: Cincinnati brothers forced teen into prostitution, drugs

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A federal grand jury indicted two Cincinnati brothers on multiple sex trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman announced Tuesday.

William Pierce Washington, 36, – also known as "Bam" – was arrested by the FBI Tuesday morning. William Pierce Washington, Jr., 47, – also known as "Man" – was arrested on June 14.

A teenage victim told investigators that the brothers forced her to engage in prostitution. She said she was injected with heroin and forced to smoke crack cocaine.

The 16-year-old was often beaten and, on one occasion, had a gun held to her head while being forced to have sex with someone, according to the Attorney General's Office.

An investigation into the brothers began on April 18 when the Sharonville Police Department responded to a motel following a report of distraught female in the business's parking lot.

According to the indictment, the 16-year-old victim told officers she had spent several hours in a motel room smoking crack cocaine and engaged in oral sex with an adult male who physically assaulted her.

Investigators searched the man's phone and found sexually explicit photos of the victim and text conversations with "Bam." The message referenced exchanging money for sex.

During an interview, the victim told investigators she had run away from a foster home and was living with a relative, "Bam's" girlfriend, at a residence on Kinney Avenue. The home belonged to "Man."

While at the residence, "Bam" allegedly beat and raped the victim. "Man" acted as the victim's boyfriend and the victim was allegedly forced to have sex with him.

Every time she was forced to engage in prostitution, "Bam" and "Man" allegedly arranged her transportation and had control over the transactions, according to the indictment.

Conspiracy to sex traffic a minor is a crime punishable by up to life in prison and sex trafficking of children carries a minimum of 10 years in prison up to life.

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