United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio

02/21/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2024 14:34

Columbus man pleads guilty to sex trafficking women through force, fraud & coercion

Press Release

Columbus man pleads guilty to sex trafficking women through force, fraud & coercion

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio
Defendant used ruse of modeling agency to identify victims

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A Columbus man pleaded guilty in federal court here today to sex trafficking and racketeering.

The parties involved in this case have recommended a sentence of more than 19 years up to 25 years in prison for Terrael A. Alls, 29.

According to court documents, in February 2022, the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force received a tip from a Columbus Division of Police emergency operator. According to the tip, an individual had contacted authorities after receiving a business card from a man advertising a modeling agency. The caller received the card at the Red Roof Inn on Renner Road in Columbus. The business card was for a company called Elite Diamond Studios and the advertised phone number were ultimately linked to Alls's as well as various online sex escort advertisements.

Alls, who is also known as "Rell" and "Ace," recruited women under the guise of modeling for him as a photographer. He served as a pimp for his victims, advertising them for sexual escort services on various websites. Alls transported his victims to and from hotels while giving them drugs, such as fentanyl and methamphetamine, then later using their drug dependency against them to continue profiting from their commercial sex acts. Alls was frequently physically abusive to his victims as well. For example, he fired a gun near a victim's head and threatened to pistol-whip her. He also punched the victims and slammed them onto tables.

Alls kept the proceeds of the victims' sexual encounters.

A forensic examination of Alls's digital devices revealed location data or WiFi logins at several hotels, including Scarlet Inn in Worthington, Motel 6 in Grove City and Red Roof Inn in Columbus. The defendant's laptop had more than 42,000 sexually explicit images, videos and advertisements to include images and videos of the victims identified in this case.

Alls was arrested in March 2023.

Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, announced the guilty plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson. Assistant United States Attorneys Emily Czerniejewski and Jennifer M. Rausch are representing the United States in this case.

The case was investigated by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, which was formed under Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, and includes resources from the Columbus Division of Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Powell Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, The Ohio State University Police Department, Marysville Division of Police, Salvation Army, Southeast Healthcare, the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office and the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office.

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Updated February 21, 2024
Human Trafficking