WAYLAND, MI — A man and woman are accused of sex trafficking women at a Wayland house and locations in Grand Rapids, police said.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Wayland Police Chief Mark Garnsey announce the charges Friday, March 26 following an investigation lasting more than two years.
Authorities announced charges against Robert Henry Grigsby, 51, of Wayland and Vanessa Anne Phillips, 39.
Police said they “allegedly conducted a criminal enterprise comprised of prostitution and sex trafficking of numerous women in Grigsby’s home in Wayland, and other locations throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.”
The investigation began in October 2018, Garnsey said, and police eventually discovered there were more than 14 woman who had been victims.
The women ranged in age from their 20s to 40s, he said.
In some cases, the suspects used drugs to keep women in what was described as a prostitution ring.
Grigsby and Phillips are charged with forced labor/commercial sex trafficking, accepting earnings of prostitution and conspiracy to conduct a criminal enterprise.
Separately, Grigsby is charged with transportation for prostitution.
Police said they were arraigned Friday.
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