7 jailed in human trafficking takedown

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Seven people, including two from Fort Wayne and another from Spencerville, were arrested Thursday as part of a human trafficking operation in Defiance.

On Thursday, Defiance Police, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, and the Defiance County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint operation to “deter human trafficking and sex trafficking” in the city, according to a press release. As a result of the investigation, seven arrests were made.

Those arrested were:

  • William Deatrick, 56, of Cecil, Ohio, for Solicitation
  • Chase Roberts, 33, of Edon, Ohio, for Solicitation
  • Megan R. Pickard, 39, of Bryan, Ohio, for Solicitation
  • Dale R. Miller, 54, of Spencerville for Solicitation
  • Benjamin Njogu, 35, of Mason City, Iowa, for Solicitation
  • Aleasha Cain, 36, of Fort Wayne for Solicitation and pending felony drug charges
  • Brandon Perkins, 37, of Fort Wayne for Promoting Prostitution and pending felony drug charges

No other information on the case was released.

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