Columbus man sentenced to 200 months for running prostitution operation

The Columbus man was sentenced to 200 months in prison for running a prostitution operation in three major cities.

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– A 30-year-old man will spend the next 200 months in prison for running a prostitution ring in three major cities, including Columbus.

A judge also sentenced Carl R. Smith, Jr. to an additional 24 months in prison for violating his parole.

According to court documents, Smith had several prostitutes working for him at various hotels across the Columbus, Ohio area. Police conducted electronic and physical surveillance and also learned he had prostitutes working for him in Pittsburgh and New York City.

Police say Smith attracted clients in the escort section of the internet site backpage.com.

“The circumstances surrounding the defendant’s offenses showed the defendant to be a master of manipulating, dominating and preying on the weak and vulnerable, and using those he brought under his control purely for his own financial benefit,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather A. Hill told the court. “At its core, this case involves the defendant’s dedication to his own bottom line: he sold human beings and maintained his supply of human chattel through violence and the threat of drug withdrawal.”

Smith pleaded guilty to transportation in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

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