Four people charged in investigation of prostitution ring in city, county

January 26, 2002|By Todd Richissin | Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police seized cars, computers and cash and arrested four people accused of operating a prostitution ring in the city and Baltimore County, detectives said yesterday.

Up to 10 women at a time were working for an escort service and soliciting for prostitution, said Sgt. Craig Gentile of the vice enforcement unit.

Police said Executive Companions Escort Service advertised in the City Paper and on the Internet. Detectives posing as customers arranged to meet two women, one at the Horizon House apartments in the 1100 block of N. Calvert St., and the other at an apartment building in the 300 block of E. Melrose Ave., Gentile said.

The detectives were asked for $300 and $400 for sexual favors, Gentile said. He said apartment building owners and management were unaware of the activities.

Police raided the Calvert Street apartment Wednesday and seized log books to identify the service owner, clients and employees, Gentile said. Condoms and sexual aids were seized there, he said.

On Thursday, police raided a house in the 2700 block of The Alameda and arrested Samuel Boodhoo, 44, of the first block of Coachman Court in Randallstown, whom Gentile identified as owner of the service. Police seized $328, business papers, sexual materials, 10 telephones, three computer systems, two cars and appointment logs and ledgers, Gentile said.

Boodhoo is charged with several counts, including running a prostitution business.

Three women also were arrested in the investigation. More arrests are expected, Gentile said.

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