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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
The directions to the alleged brothel told the men that if they saw a house with green awnings, they'd gone too far. But some of them apparently misunderstood; would-be customers have shown up for years at the nearby house in Towson. Despite neighbors' complaints, police say, Di Zhang, 42, continued to operate the brothel from a white Colonial-style suburban home on Joppa Road, advertising on websites until this month, when county police and federal agents moved in. Neighbors said they weren't surprised to learn that Zhang, the operator of Jade Heart Health, had been charged with prostitution and human trafficking.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
Judith L. Colligan, a Howard County activist whose work included putting an end to human trafficking, aiding city children through Agape House and founding a meditation group, died Jan. 19 of heart failure at her home in Columbia. She was 71. "Judy had lots of energy and was very, very vivacious," said Ruth Ellen Hellyre, a Columbia resident and friend of 35 years. "She was always considerate of other people and very dedicated to acting on what she believed. " "Judy died at the top of her game and with her boots on. And that's what she would have wanted," said Normale Doyle, a retired Social Security Administration computer systems analyst and neighbor.
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By Katie V. Jones | October 23, 2012
On Oct. 23, a purse was the ticket to a good time at Power of the Purse, an event hosted in Towson by the Baltimore County Commission for Women 's and the nonprofit Samaritan Women. The night's goal was to raise awareness — and ultimately money through the resale of donated purses — to fight human trafficking, an issue that commission members say has shown increasing concern in Baltimore County, and Maryland overall. Outside 7 West Bistro Grille, people were asked to drop off new or gently used purses.
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By Katie V. Jones | October 22, 2012
On Tuesday night, Oct. 23, a purse is the ticket to a good time - and for fighting a good cause - at Power of the Purse, an event being hosted in Towson by the Baltimore County Commission for Women and the Samaritan Women organization The night's goal is to raise awareness, and ultimately money through the resale of the donated purses, all to fight human trafficking, an issue that Commission for Women members say has seen increasing concern in...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
A 27-year-old Takoma Park man, who drove women to locations in the Annapolis area for the purposes of prostitution, has been charged with numerous counts of human trafficking and prostitution. Freddy Leguisamon was arrested last month by Annapolis police, after an investigation that combined the efforts of several law enforcement and government agencies. He faces 54 counts of general prostitution, eight counts of receiving compensation from human trafficking, five counts of taking another person to a place for the purpose of human trafficking, and four counts of operating a prostitution business.
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By Justin Fenton and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
A Baltimore firefighter has been charged with running an online prostitution ring and unlicensed after-hours club in a Southwest Baltimore warehouse, less than two years after he received probation in Baltimore County in a similar sex trafficking case. The prior arrest didn't end the city employment of Jamar Marvin Simmons, 29, who continued to work as a firefighter/paramedic out of a firehouse in Roland Park. Fire officials said Simmons has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the most recent arrest.
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November 15, 2011
In regard to recent reporting on the Baltimore-Texas sex-trafficking case, thank you for covering this story and special thanks to the FBI and Baltimore Police for their success ("On the streets of Baltimore, a new hustle," Nov. 6). I would just like to point out that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) has a hotline (1 - 888-3737-888) where incidents of suspected human trafficking can be reported. The best way citizens can help is to be alert to, and report, suspicious activity in which women, minors under the age of 18, or men are forced to provide labor, services, or commercial sex against their will.
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November 9, 2011
I was very pleased to see your front-page story on human trafficking in the United States ("Women from Maryland escape alleged prostitution ring," Nov. 5). When most people think of human trafficking, they imagine something that is happening in Third World countries, not on Baltimore Street. Thank you for doing your part to raise awareness about this very important, very relevant and very local issue. I hope that you will continue your coverage on this important topic. For example, what is the status of the Phylicia Barnes murder case, and is anyone investigating whether she was a victim of human trafficking?
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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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