Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Arrest Made for Human Trafficking
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit arrested a Knoxville man for human trafficking. Marcus Douglas Washington, 36, was arrested on Wednesday on drug charges and promoting prostitution. Detectives obtained the human trafficking warrant Friday morning that carries a $50,000 bond.
The arrest was made during an investigation of escorts for hire on the website backpage.com. An undercover detective with the Vice Unit placed a call to the number listed on the site and set up an appointment with Kristina Cohen at The Red Roof Inn at 209 Advantage Place for Wednesday. The detective met the woman and made a verbal contract for sexual favors for one hour for $160. Cohen was then taken into custody and identified Washington as the one responsible for setting up the appointment, advertising her on the website, and the one who had text the detective.
According to the warrants, Cohen had bruises and had suffered previous severe injuries from Washington. She also said that Washington had threatened her and her family.
Detectives found Washington in Cohen’s car parked in the motel’s parking lot. A pat down revealed that he had $630 in cash, 2 cell phones, and a prescription bottle for oxycodone that had been filled for 90 pills the day before but now contained 39 pills. Detectives also found two crack rocks and half an oxycodone pill in the pocket of his shorts.
Washington is being held in the Knox County Detention Facility on a total bond of $64,000. He has an extensive criminal history in Knox County of drug charges, assault, domestic assault, public intoxication, and theft.
Cohen, 26 from Knoxville, was charged with promoting prostitution and is being held on a $1,000 bond. She is wanted in Roane County for violation of probation on a theft charge.