Howard County Police Charge Three with Human Trafficking

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Law enforcement officers in Howard County have arrested and charged three people—two men and a woman—with human trafficking and prostitution after the culmination of a two-month investigation. Officers say that the three posted advertisements on Backpage.com, with pictures of women who could be paid for sex.

They suspect that the three have as many as 12 women under their control, keeping them housed in a hotel in Baltimore. Based on their investigation, they believe that the three defendants supplied drugs to the women to keep them high, used sleep-deprivation tactics, and physically and sexually assaulted the women. The defendants allegedly set up all prostitution liaisons and took all money for any sexual acts performed.

The investigation apparently came to a head when police received a call from the TA Truck Stop in Jessup, alleging that someone was engaging in prostitution there. When officers arrived, they recognized a woman whose picture had appeared on Backpage.com.

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