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Human trafficking victims rescued following patrol stop

MAUMEE  — James D. Jackson, 21, of Sacramento, Calif., is facing human trafficking charges and other charges after troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol discovered two female human trafficking victims during a Tuesday traffic stop in Lucas County.

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Troopers stopped an eastbound 2012 Nissan Versa about 9:15 a.m. for a speeding violation on Interstate 80 near milepost 57.

A probable cause search was initiated after troopers detected an odor of marijuana.  The search revealed the marijuana and a loaded .45-caliber handgun.

Further investigation revealed paraphernalia associated with the sex trade. Upon contact with the female passengers — a 21-year-old California woman and a 25-year-old Arizona woman — they admitted to being forced into prostitution.
 
The suspect was incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with human trafficking, a first-degree felony; carrying a concealed weapon; a fourth-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

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