Boardman man arrested in East Palestine human trafficking sting
A Boardman man is free on bond after pleading not guilty after being arrested in a human trafficking sting in Columbiana County.
Police say 41-year-old Michael Lamont Jackson responded to an ad placed by an undercover agent with the Human Trafficking Task Force on a website known for prostitution, offering to pay $100 for sex.
When Jackson pulled up to the agreed meeting location in East Palestine on Monday, he spotted the law enforcement officer and began driving away, according to an affidavit.
Police followed his car and pulled it over for what they said was excessive window tinting.
In addition to finding the phone Jackson allegedly used to set up the appointment, the affidavit says Jackson had two guns in the car, one of which was in a bag on the seat.
Jackson was booked into the county jail on charges of engaging in prostitution, possessing criminal tools, and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. He was also cited for the window tint violation.
Another hearing in the case is scheduled for May 22.