Two accused of sex trafficking Tulsa woman, according to police

UPDATE: On Oct. 21, 2016 all criminal charges against both Maricus Moore and Ariel Smith were dismissed "pending further investigation."


8/22/2016 (updated 9/4/2016) - Tulsa, OK -- A man and a woman have been arrested in Tulsa after another woman alleged they forced her into prostitution, according to police.

Maricus Chavye Moore, 30, and Ariel Marie Smith, 22, were arrested on a criminal complaint of human trafficking last Thursday after a woman told police that the duo forced her into prostitution.

The alleged victim's name and age have not been released.

According to police, the victim was discovered after she was arrested during an undercover prostitution sting conducted by the Tulsa Police Department's Vice Unit.

An undercover officer reportedly responded to an adult ad posted to Backpage.com and arranged to meet with the suspected prostitute at the Studio 6 Motel near East 41st Street. The alleged victim was placed under arrest after she reportedly gave the undercover officer a condom and agreed to exchange oral sex for $150.

While interviewing the woman, she made claims that Moore and Smith had recruited her from a nearby gas station and told her if she didn't prostitute for them they would beat her.

Arresting officers noted in their report that they had witnessed Moore and Smith exiting the motel room as they arrived on scene. Smith and Moore where then seen getting into a black Mercedes and leaving the area.

While the investigators were interviewing the alleged victim, the Mercedes returned to the motel parking lot, dropped off Smith and left again. Smith was taken into custody at the motel and Moore was located nearby and also taken into custody. 

Public records show Maricus Moore to be a convicted felon who haas served time for robbery with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and drug dealing.

Moore, who is currently on probation, was released from prison in Aug. of 2015.

Ariel Smith most recently received deferred sentences and probation in April of this year for a felony case involving drugs and prostitution and a separate case alleging public intoxication and resisting.

The alleged victim was reportedly released.

JohnTV has been made aware of the identity of the alleged victim and could not find any prior prostitution charges.

On Aug. 24, formal criminal charges were filed against both Moore and Smith.

Both Moore and Smith are charged with felony human trafficking. Moore is also charged with falsely impersonating another to create liability.

Bond has been set at $100,000 for both defendants.

JohnTV will continue to follow this case.