On Monday, February 26, 2024, WFMJ reported that a lawyer and a man from Youngstown had been arrested by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force in Columbiana County, Ohio.

The lawyer, identified as Kenneth Martin, 72, from Macedonia, was charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools. According to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Martin’s law firm website listed prostitution and solicitation cases as part of his legal defense specialties. Yost expressed disappointment in Martin’s actions, stating that “It’s sometimes the people you’d least expect who drive the demand for human trafficking,” and that a lawyer should know better than to engage in such activities.

The arrest came after Martin allegedly responded to an advertisement posted by undercover agents on a website associated with human trafficking. He reportedly agreed to pay $180 for sex and arrived at an agreed-upon location with money in hand.

In a separate incident, Coty Salman, a 31-year-old man from Youngstown, was also arrested by the task force. Salman was charged with engaging in prostitution and possessing criminal tools. Similar to Martin, Salman responded to a fictitious online ad and agreed to pay $140 for sex before traveling to a meeting location, where task force agents were waiting.

Both Martin and Salman have been summoned to answer the charges in Columbiana County Municipal Court.

 

 

Source: WFMJ