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Feds announce human trafficking conspiracy charges in Blue Ash hotel case

Federal prosecutors said Monday that four people arrested at a Blue Ash hotel who are accused of conspiring to sell 16-year-old girls for sex could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The two women and two men appeared in U.S. District court Monday to face human trafficking conspiracy charges, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.

Court documents accuse the four people of using the Quality Hotel Conference Center, 5901 Pfeiffer Road Blue Ash for a sex trafficking operation, according to a Nov. 5 Enquirer article.

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An FBI and Blue Ash Police Department anti-human trafficking operation at the Blue Ash hotel resulted in the Oct. 29 arrests of Doyenn J. Clayborne, 34; ChaKirah Ala Shae Stephens, 22; Kionte Hashiem Anderson, 19; and Joleen Marie Smith, 44, according to Monday’s release.

Prosecutors said they have audio recordings of the accused defendants discussing logistics for providing underage females for sex.

a house that has a sign on the side of a building: Facebook page for the Quality Hotel Conference Center at 5901 Pfeiffer Road in Blue Ash.

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Facebook page for the Quality Hotel Conference Center at 5901 Pfeiffer Road in Blue Ash.

Law enforcement officials found used and unused condoms, sexual devices, bottles of lubricant and a gun inside the defendants’ hotel room, according to the release.

Police and agents encountered a 16-year-old female victim who they said was brought to the hotel room to perform sex acts for money. A portion of the money would be given to the defendants, police said.

The punishment for conspiring to traffic a minor carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to a sentence of life in prison, according to the release.

The charges were announced Monday by David M. DeVillers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Chris Hoffman, special agent in charge from the FBI’s Cincinnati Division, and Blue Ash Police Chief Scott Noel, according to the release.

On Monday, a Cincinnati man was convicted in Warren County on human trafficking charges. He was accused of operating out of two hotels in Mason and another hotel in Blue Ash, according to a Nov. 9 Enquirer article.

Those charged federally are scheduled to appear in court next on Thursday, Nov. 12, according to court documents.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Feds announce human trafficking conspiracy charges in Blue Ash hotel case

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Hong Kong, Singapore Announce Plans for Travel Bubble | World News

By Farah Master and Aradhana Aravindan

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Hong Kong and Singapore will set up a travel bubble, the two cities announced on Thursday, as they moved to re-establish overseas travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantine for visiting foreigners.

Hong Kong’s Commerce Secretary Edward Yau and Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said travellers under the scheme would need to get negative COVID-19 test results and travel on dedicated flights.

Further details, including the launch date, will be fleshed out in coming weeks, they said.

“It is a safe, careful but significant step forward to revive air travel, and provide a model for future collaboration with other parts of the world,” Singapore’s Ong said.

For Hong Kong, which has banned non-residents since March, the deal with Singapore is its first resumption of travel ties with another city. Travellers from mainland China and neighbouring Macau still face 14 days in quarantine.

Singapore has already announced pacts on essential business and official travel from China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and opened unilaterally to general visitors from Brunei, New Zealand, Vietnam and most of Australia.

This week, Singapore eased quarantine to just seven days for travellers from Hong Kong, from 14 earlier. It has put the city on its list of low-risk places.

International travel in Asia has collapsed during the pandemic because of border closures, with passenger numbers down 97% in August, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines says.

Following the news, shares in Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific surged more than 7 percent in afternoon trade.

Hong Kong’s daily coronavirus infections have dropped mostly into single digits since August and it has eased some social distancing curbs. Singapore has similarly seen its daily cases fall below 10.

(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps)

(Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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