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Columbus man arrested, charged with trafficking multiple victims for sex through violence and the use of drugs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 28-year-old Columbus man was ordered detained after he appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge here today after a criminal complaint charging him with sex trafficking was unsealed. 

The complaint alleges that Terrael Alexander Alls, aka “Ace” and “Rell” engaged in sex trafficking by means of force, threats, fraud, and coercion. Alls was arrested on March 31, 2023 in Licking County and appeared in federal court for his initial appearance on April 3.

According to court documents, an email tip received by the Columbus Division of Police regarding possible sex trafficking in Columbus was sent to the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force investigation, which spanned the course of one year, ultimately led to All’s arrest.

“Court records contain disturbing testimony by two of the numerous victims as they describe what they’ve been through,” said Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “I admire their courage to come forward and encourage anyone else who may be a victim to reach out to law enforcement.”

“Human traffickers control their victims with abuse, fear and intimidation – which are difficult to overcome,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. “Now that this defendant is in custody, we’re asking potential victims to contact law enforcement with any information about the case. If you’ve seen something, now is the time to say something.”

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or knowledge of additional victims of human trafficking is encouraged to contact the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446) or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 and request to be connected with a member of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.

The Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, formed under the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, includes resources from the Columbus Division of Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Licking County Sheriff’s Office, Powell Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Adult Parole Authority, The Ohio State University Police Department, Salvation Army, Southeast Healthcare, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sex trafficking by means of force, threats, fraud, and coercion is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life imprisonment.

U.S. Attorney Parker and Ohio Attorney General Yost announced the unsealing of the complaint and the detention ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson, who set a preliminary hearing for April 17, 2023. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily Czerniejewski and Jennifer Rausch are representing the United States.

A criminal complaint merely contains allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Updated April 4, 2023