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Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Pimp' Sentenced to 15 Years for Transporting Women From Dayton Across the Country to Engage in Prostitution

DAYTON – Lord Tyrone Al-Ahmin, 43, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison and a seven-year term of supervised release for transporting women interstate to engage in prostitution.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, and Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black.

According to court documents, the FBI received information that a number of women engaged in prostitution at Al-Ahmin’s direction and control since 2005. Victims told law enforcement they were physically assaulted and threatened by Al-Ahmin.

One victim said she met Al-Ahmin in Dayton, when Al-Ahmin told the female he was a pimp and traveled around the country with women who engaged in prostitution. He told the victim she could work for him but she would be required to provide him with all of her prostitution proceeds. In exchange, he would provide her with food, clothing and heroin.

Al-Ahmin regularly carried a handgun and threatened to kill the female on a daily basis. He pointed the gun at her head and hit her in the face with the gun. He also told the female he had killed somebody in the past.

A second female victim met Al-Ahmin when he posed as a prostitution client and responded to her Backpage.com advertisement. Al-Ahmin picked the female up in his vehicle in Dayton, but rather than engage in any sexual activity, he purchased crack cocaine for the victim to use and drove her to Wisconsin.

He physically assaulted her on nearly a daily basis and threatened to kill her. He hit her, fractured her ribs, held a knife to her face and urinated in her mouth. Al-Ahmin also had non-consensual and aggressive sex with her. He told this victim he had killed four people in the past.

The Statement of Facts details that from August to October 2014, Ah-Ahmin transported at least three adult females from Dayton to other cities in Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas and elsewhere to engage in prostitution.

In many of these cities, Al-Ahmin posted advertisements on Backpage.com to solicit prostitution clients. He sometimes paid for hotel rooms for use in servicing prostitution clients. Al-Ahmin was paid the money that the females received for sexual acts during their travels.

“The horrible facts of this case illustrate the reality of sex trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Glassman.

Al-Ahmin pleaded guilty in June 2016 to three counts of transporting interstate for the purpose of prostitution. He was arrested by FBI agents in Las Vegas in January 2015.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the FBI and Dayton Police Department, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey, who is representing the United States in this case. 

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Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
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jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated March 15, 2018