2 Charged with Sex Trafficking
ELYRIA, Ohio — A man and a woman accused of forcing teens to prostitute were charged with two counts of sex trafficking, one involving a minor.
The criminal complaint was unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court.
Jeremy Mack, 37, of Elyria, and Ashley Onysko, 23, of Avon Lake, were arrested Thursday at a home on Tattersal Court in Elyria.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, a victim said several girls lived at the address and were forced to prostitute themselves in order to pay off drug debts to Mack.
Onysko told investigators she worked for Mack and would facilitate meetings for sex between girls and men.
The affidavit noted she would post advertisements on backpage.com and craigslist.com.
A 19-year-old victim allegedly forced to have sex to pay off a drug debt to Mack said she feared him after witnessing him push, hit and choke other girls.
She also said he often carried a handgun and stun gun, according to the affidavit.
A 16-year-old victim allegedly met Mack through his son. She said she did not want to prostitute but did out of fear.
“Human trafficking often happens in plain sight,” said Stephen Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office. “The FBI, our law enforcement partners, along with the assistance of vigilant citizens will continue efforts to tackle this problem.”
“These defendants are accused of preying on teens in our community,” said Steven Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “We will work to get help for the victims and bring the accused to justice.”
A detention hearing for Onysko was scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. Mack’s was scheduled for Thursday at 3:30 p.m.