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June 8, 2011
Thank you for the informative but distressing, editorial "Modern day slavery" (June 6). This is the kind of information we would rather not know about — young girls being lured into prostitution — right here in Maryland! Sadly, human trafficking is a major international problem that is more prevalent than most of us realize. We hear about the prostitution of little girls in southeast Asia and other parts of the world. We shake our heads and toss aside the reports. But, the fact that "since last fall the Crimes Against Children Squad in Baltimore's FBI office has rescued 16 juveniles who were forced into prostitution" and that's "likely only a fraction of the victims" is both good news and bad news.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | October 8, 2013
Howard County police charged a man and a Rhode Island couple with human trafficking last week in two separate cases that were reported just days apart. Craig Okeido Anderson, 32, of no fixed address, faces numerous charges of human trafficking, assault and prostitution after police received a call on Oct. 3 from a 24-year-old victim who said Anderson forced her to perform sex for money for the past two years, according to police. On Oct. 4, police received a call from another 24-year-old woman who alleged a Rhode Island couple kidnapped her three days earlier and forced her into prostitution, police said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2011
A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday in Glen Burnie on charges of human trafficking and prostitution, police said. Uzodimma Nnamdi Oguh, 32, transported women along the East Coast to work as prostitutes, Maryland State Police said in a statement Friday. Police said they searched a Baltimore hotel where they said Oguh was running the business locally. Oguh has been charged with six counts of human trafficking, three counts of prostitution, one count of motor vehicle theft and other related criminal charges, police said.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 26, 2013
A 31-year-old California man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for prostitution and human trafficking in Howard County Circuit Court last week. Rowland James Duffey, who listed his address in Long Beach, Calif., was sentenced by Judge Louis A. Becker III on Friday, Aug. 23 for transporting a 22-year-old Maine woman to Maryland to use her as a prostitute, according to state's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.  Duffey, who was operating out of an Extended Stay America hotel on Eli Whitney Drive in Columbia, allegedly used an undisclosed website to solicit prostitution, and was arrested in August of 2012 after the victim was able to admit herself to a hospital and call police.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | January 14, 2014
An Ohio man pleaded guilty Tuesday to human trafficking charges in connection with the pimping of an Ohio woman in southern Howard County, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan. Howard Draper Jr., 57, of Toledo, Ohio, pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge and a prostitution charge before opening statements Tuesday in his jury trial in Howard County Circuit Court. Draper was sentenced by Judge Richard Bernhardt to 12 years in prison, 10 for the human trafficking charge and two for the prostitution charge, Kirwan said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2010
Anne Arundel County police have charged a 42-year-old Glen Burnie man with human trafficking and selling the sexual services of a 12-year-old Washington girl who had been reported missing nearly two weeks ago. Derwin Samuel Smith, who lives in an apartment in the first block of McGuirk Drive in Glen Burnie, was ordered jailed Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bail to await trial. Police were involved in the case as part of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force. They said the girl was reported missing May 25 from Washington and was believed to be working as a prostitute.
NEWS
June 6, 2011
The girl is 13, maybe 14, an unhappy adolescent with problems at home and a need to get away. Her mother spends most days getting high and is thinking about trading her child's body for drugs. The live-in boyfriend hits on her whenever mom nods out. Last year she dropped out of school. So she packs a bag and heads for the bus station, because it's the cheapest ticket out of town. As she sits on a bench surrounded by her belongings, a guy appears and starts chatting her up. He seems sympathetic, a good listener.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
A Cleveland man was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County to 20 years in prison for pimping women from Ohio over the Internet, according to the state's attorney's office. Prosecutors said Bennie Veasey, 32, lured a 19-year-old woman to Towson, where he forced her into prostitution and made her give him money to pay off lawyer's fees from a rape charge in Cleveland. The victim was interviewed after Baltimore County Police conducted a sting operation on April 17. Veasey was convicted in September of three counts of human trafficking and one count of prostitution.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2010
Anne Arundel County officials are increasing enforcement efforts in the Laurel area in hopes of curbing prostitution and sex trafficking. The announcement of the crackdown comes after two arrests this week of men suspected of peddling teenagers for sex while holding them against their will at Laurel hotels. Officials said they hope the effort — dubbed "Operation Escape," which seeks cooperation from hotel and motel operators, with the threat of other county agencies descending on them if they won't help — will net results.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2011
The woman, barely in her 20s and estranged from her family, worked two jobs as she tried to launch a singing career. When she started chatting online with the head of "424 Records," she thought she had finally gotten her break. The purported record label had music videos on Facebook and YouTube. The promoters appeared to have the cliched trappings of hip-hop — the cars, the gold chains, the girls, the lingo, the cash. But the group's motto breathed tranquillity: "One Team, One Family.
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