(Cleveland) - A disturbing case of human trafficking out of Ashland.
U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach unsealed a criminal complaint against people who are accused of holding a woman and her child against their will and forced the woman to cook, clean, do yardwork, etc.
According to the charges, Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt and Daniel J. Brown used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from dogs and reptiles to hold a mentally challenged woman and her child against their will for two years.
The woman escaped when she was caught stealing a candy bar and told police about the "mean people" she lived with. Dettelbach says the victim, in her 20s, suffered a head trauma as a teen ager.
Dettelbach says this was, simply, a case of forced slavery.
The suspects are charged with forced labor and are being held to await a federal court hearing. No attorneys were listed for them in court records.
The names of the victims rescued last month were withheld.
(Photo by Kaitlin Durbin/Mansfield News Journal)
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