Avon Lake Woman Pleads Guilty in Sex Trafficking Case

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Ashley Onysko (Credit: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)

AVON LAKE, Ohio–An Avon Lake woman pleaded guilty on Friday to human trafficking and drug trafficking.

Ashley Onysko (Credit: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)

Ashley Onysko (Credit: Lorain County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities said Ashley Onysko, 23, forced four women, including two teenagers, to have sex for money.

In a press release, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said, “This woman helped force teens to have sex for money. These activities happen all around us and it’s the responsibility of the community and law enforcement to work together to end these crimes.”

Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office, said, “The defendants in this case used narcotics to gain control over their victims and forced them to engage in sex acts while lining their own pockets with money.”

Investigators said between December 2012 and April 9, 2013, Onysko conspired with Jeremy Mack, 37, of Elyria, to provide victims with drugs, including heroin and cocaine.

Then, after the victims had drug debts, authorities said Mack and Onysko used force or threats of force, fraud and coercion to have them engage in sex acts.

According to the indictment, they did this, in part, by posting photographs of the victims on a website.

Onysko will be sentenced on Jan. 14, 2014.

Mack is awaiting trial.

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