Cincinnati man convicted of human trafficking beat, burn victim, prosecutor says

Cincinnati man convicted of human trafficking beat, burn victim, prosecutor says
David Barron, 39, was convicted on three counts of trafficking in humans, two counts of felonious assault, three counts of promoting prostitution, and one count of unlawful restraint. (Source: WXIX)

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man awaits sentencing after he was convicted on human trafficking and other charges.

David Barron, 39, was convicted by a Warren County jury for trafficking in humans, felonious assault, unlawful restraint, and promoting prostitution, Prosecutor David P. Fornshell announced Monday.

A female victim was forced to prostitute herself from March through May of this year at hotels in Mason and Blue Ash, according to the prosecutor’s press release.

Barron posted photos of women online with offers for prostitution services, the prosecutor said.

He used hotel rooms to conduct the encounters after someone responded to the online ad, Fornshell explained.

Barron required the female victim to give him all the money she received.

The female victim was forced to stay in a room against her will as Barron would beat her with phone cords, burn her with a methamphetamine pipe, and use other forms of physical force, Fornshell explained.

"These types of cases are some of the most difficult to prosecute because perpetrators prey on very vulnerable victims — those with significant substance abuse issues, housing issues, employment issues, even criminal histories. To the world, sometimes these women don’t look like victims at all. But they absolutely are. The perpetrators force these victims to engage in sexual activity against their will, and if they refuse, the perpetrators will beat, torture, and threaten them. And these victims rarely report their situation to law enforcement because the perpetrators have convinced them, “Who will believe you?”, Fornshell said.

Barron will be sentenced sometime in November.

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