Ogden pair charged with operating underground prostitution ring

Friday , April 14, 2017 - 5:29 PM

NADIA PFLAUM, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Recently unsealed court documents detail an underground prostitution operation allegedly run by a couple out of a private Ogden residence in late 2016 and early 2017. 

The Utah Attorney General’s office charged Lynnsie Reddish, 20, and Terrance Chavez Jones, 31, with a blizzard of felonies: four counts of human trafficking for forced sexual exploitation, four counts of aggravated exploitation of prostitution, aggravated kidnapping, pattern of unlawful activity, money laundering and aggravated assault.

Reddish was arrested April 12 and Jones turned himself in and is awaiting extradition from out of state, according to the Attorney General’s office.

Four victims told a special agent with the attorney general’s office how the couple used violence, fear and drug addiction to coerce them into performing sexual acts with clients, and giving the couple the money they were paid, according to the probable cause statement filed in the case. 

One victim told authorities she worked as an “escort” for Reddish for a year and a half. She said Reddish posted ads online and the money she earned from intercourse with clients went to Reddish in exchange for heroin.

She described an incident on Jan. 18, 2017, in which both Reddish and Jones allegedly punched her, cut off her hair, beat her with a belt and caused a cut on her head that required eight staples, according to the court documents.

Another victim reported working for Reddish and Jones making $200 per appointment with respondents to the escort ads, but eventually Reddish demanded she give her all of the money she made. She stayed involved with the operation because she was afraid — she said Reddish would beat her, and Jones pointed guns at her and the other women in the house. 

Another two victims said they reluctantly agreed to start working for Reddish to provide massages for clients booked off internet ads, but learned that Reddish was posting their services in such a way that clients expected intercourse. They each related that men who responded to ads expecting intercourse could get violent if they did not have sex with them.

One victim said she witnessed the beating of another victim. After that she did whatever Reddish and Jones demanded because she was scared. 

Reddish appeared by video in Ogden’s 2nd District Court for her initial appearance today.  

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