WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say a lengthy investigation into prostitution and drug activity led to the arrest of one man and the boarding up of his Warren home on Monday.
Daniel Blasco, 62, is in Trumbull County Jail, charged with promoting prostitution.
“Basically running a brothel,” said Traci Timko Sabau, with the city law department.
Detectives have been looking into this case since January. According to court documents, that’s when a woman first reported to police that she was being held against her will and forced into prostitution at the Kenilworth Avenue home.
The Warren Law Department said the investigation into a human trafficking complaint started nine months ago.
“When I saw that lady come running out of there stark naked, I knew something had to be going on over there,” said Judy Smith, who lives nearby.
Court documents claim Blasco had been holding women against their will, pimping them out on sites like Backpage.com. The women also told investigators he would sometimes give them drugs in exchange for the sexual acts but that he’d keep all the cash.
According to court documents, a woman said Blasco physically assaulted her several times, including once when he burned her face with a cigarette.
That woman said she had been locked in a bedroom but managed to escape by climbing out of a second story window.
Another woman told investigators that Blasco “gets his girls high on heroin,” saying he shot her up with the drug before sending her downstairs to a customer for sex, the documents say.
“Obviously, this is an ongoing investigation. After conducting our search to see if there’s any verification of these allegations, we’ll know more,” said Law Director Greg Hicks.
Monday morning, Blasco was taken into custody during a traffic stop. Detectives combed through his vehicle, looking for potential evidence in the case.
Now the home, nicknamed by clients online as “the stripper pole house” because of a pole in one of the rooms, is at least temporarily shut down.
“We have, so far, is a temporary restraining order that will allow us to board this property up so that no one can return here,” Timko said.
Blasco is expected to be video arraigned on the charge in Warren Municipal Court Tuesday morning. A hearing on the nuisance abatement is expected to take place later this month.