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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Blue Ash hotel used for sex-trafficking of teen girls


Two men and two women have been accused of using a Blue Ash hotel as part of a sex trafficking operation.

According to court documents, one of the men charged, 34-year-old Doyenn Clayborne, told a cooperating witness: “I got hella lil’ youngins’ I can present.”

Clayborne had rented a room at the Quality Hotel Conference Center, 5901 Pfeiffer Road. Inside the room, investigators found numerous condoms – both used and unused – bottles of lubricant and “sexual devices,” a federal complaint says. A gun was found in the toilet tank.

Clayborne and the three others were arrested Oct. 29 as part of a law enforcement operation targeting prostitution and human trafficking, court documents say. Blue Ash police and the FBI were among those involved.

The cooperating witness went to the hotel that night, where the documents say Clayborne and a woman, 44-year-old Joleen Smith, offered the witness either of two females, including a teenage girl, who the witness had seen earlier at the hotel pool.

The witness, who investigators equipped with audio and video recording devices, later went to Clayborne’s room and said he knew someone “who was willing to pay for sex with a minor,” the documents say.

The witness was told that the girl he had seen earlier at the pool had run away from the hotel. But Smith then told him about “a new underage girl,” documents say, who could get to the hotel “ASAP.”

Clayborne said the girl was 16.

“Clayborne told the (complaining witness) to tell his customer that ‘we got him’ and that ‘I got hella lil’ youngins’ I can present,’ ” according to the complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

“I’m about to bring a young girl up here for you. I’m about to go grab one,” Clayborne said, according to the complaint.

The complaint says the 16-year-old girl had been staying with a friend in Avondale when Kionte Anderson, 19, messaged her on Facebook. Anderson told her someone wanted a young girl to “chill with,” the complaint says. The girl told police she thought she was going to be paid $300 to $400 for sex and that she understood Clayborn and Anderson would also receive money.

Clayborne, Smith, Anderson and a 22-year-old woman left the hotel in an SUV and returned an hour later with the 16-year-old girl, court documents say.

The witness took the girl to a room being used by police. She told investigators she planned to use the money to pay for her cellphone, which had been turned off.

According to the complaint, the 16-year-old “stated that she had recently been hired by Kroger, but that she agreed to come to the hotel to be paid for sex because she would get the money quicker.”

An attorney for Smith declined to comment. An attorney for Clayborne did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Anderson does

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How Blue Fern Travel co-founder Stefan Woehlke would spend a perfect day in D.C.

In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.

a man sitting at a table eating food: Stefan Woehlke and his wife, Mary Collins, launched the food tour company Carpe DC in 2014.

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Stefan Woehlke and his wife, Mary Collins, launched the food tour company Carpe DC in 2014.

When Stefan Woehlke and Mary Collins launched the food tour company Carpe DC in 2014, the husband-and-wife pair veered from the well-worn path of national monuments and federal institutions and instead guided their enterprise in a decidedly local direction.

“D.C. has such a weird tourism market in the sense that people coming to the city are, for the most part, coming to learn this national mythology,” says Woehlke, 36, who co-founded the company while getting a PhD in archaeology at the University of Maryland. “There’s really no other city you go to visit expecting to learn nothing about the city you’re visiting.”

Carpe DC quickly gained a following thanks to its signature tours of Georgetown and U Street, all while building tightknit relationships with local businesses and donating a portion of its ticket sales to D.C.-based nonprofit Bread for the City. As the business expanded to include tours of Old Town Alexandria and Fells Point in Baltimore, Woehlke and Collins realized they had outgrown the Carpe DC moniker and, earlier this year, rebranded it as Blue Fern Travel.

After the coronavirus pandemic put tours on hold this past spring, the company pivoted to virtual experiences with local chefs and started a service called Black Box DC, in which customers can buy a curated collection of items from Black-owned businesses. (All of the profits go to the social justice initiative Campaign Zero.) In recent months, Blue Fern Travel also has reimagined its walking tours as socially distanced endeavors.

It should come as no surprise that Woehlke embarks on an urban hike on his perfect day, as he’s joined by his wife, 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son for the ultimate D.C. tour.

a statue of a dinosaur: The African American Civil War Memorial.

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The African American Civil War Memorial.

My daughter loves doughnuts, so we’d probably start off our morning at District Doughnut in Cady’s Alley in Georgetown. I’d personally get a brown butter doughnut and a cup of coffee — they serve Compass Coffee — and we’d take our doughnuts on the road and walk along the canal. If there are any ducks, my son would quack at them as we munched on our breakfast and meandered down toward the Georgetown waterfront. We’d just sit and take in the peaceful surroundings, looking over at what today is called Theodore Roosevelt Island but used to go by a number of different names, including Analostan Island, where the Nacotchtank Indian village was established in the 17th century.

Then we’d meander up to Rock Creek Park, looking for whatever wildlife we can spot — we’d probably have our binoculars with us because my daughter loves to do as much birdwatching as a 4-year-old can handle. Then we’d make our way toward Adams Morgan,

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