Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today, May 19, that a grand jury has returned a RICO indictment against Micaiah Jaron Frank Price, 26, of Reynoldsburg and Teah Yvonne Williams, 19, of Columbus.
The duo face felony counts that include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and human trafficking — commercial sex acts, compelling prostitution, promoting prostitution, commercial exploitation of a minor and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a news release from O’Brien’s office said.
Price was indicted on nine of 10 counts, and Williams was indicted on seven of the 10 counts.
The indictment alleges that the human-trafficking and prostitution counts involved two juveniles ages 15 and 17 between Oct. 22 and Dec. 6, 2016, the release said.
“Sex-for-sale ads were created and posted on backpage.com and the two defendants employed the victims as prostitutes out of approximately a half dozen different hotels in central Ohio in order to personally benefit financially,” O’Brien said in the release. “Not only will our office continue to coordinate efforts with other agencies within the law-enforcement system to rescue victims who are forced or coerced into human trafficking, but we will also hold traffickers accountable for exploiting these victims.”
O’Brien commended the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force for its investigation in the case.