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July 31, 2011
Human trafficking happens because prostitution is illegal ("House of ill-repute," July 29 ). Prostitution is illegal only because the majority of people don't like it. Making something a crime forces it underground which is what enables abuse to take place. What happens between two consenting adults should not be the business of anyone if no one is harmed. Wendel Dean Renner
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Baltimore FBI agents and local law enforcement officers said they rescued two Maryland girls who were being prostituted and arrested five suspects they said were sexually exploiting children. The recovery of the two girls, both 16, came as part of a nationwide sting known as Operation Cross Country VIII, which targeted child sex trafficking. One of the rescued girls was from Baltimore County, the other from Montgomery County. Four of the alleged pimps arrested came from Prince George's County and one from Baltimore County, the FBI said.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
For a second time this month, the Anne Arundel County police's vice unit has arrested a woman for prostitution during an undercover operation targeting solicitation activities in Linthicum's hotels area, near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. An online advertisement prompted the second operation Monday night and resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old Philadelphia woman. Ashley E. Grumm was charged Monday with prostitution, assignation, setting up a house of prostitution and possession of marijuana.
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June 19, 2014
I was stunned to read that Di Zhang will be allowed to keep five properties that she has bought with money obtained through her alleged prostitution and human trafficking ring ( "U.S. seizes alleged Towson brothel; owner will keep 5 other properties," June 18). Human trafficking? What could be a worse crime than buying young people and forcing them into prostitution? That woman and her boyfriend should be stripped of every last possession, and the proceeds should go to her victims.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Even before local and federal agents raided Jade Heart Health in Towson in March and charged its operators with prostitution and human trafficking, what went on at the massage parlor at 1404 E. Joppa Road was hardly a secret. Men arrived day and night at the small house, customers posted graphic reviews on adult websites, and the owner, Di Zhang, had been arrested multiple times over the past 10 years on charges of running what police said were houses of prostitution. But court and financial documents reveal what might be the real surprise: Zhang may be as much mogul as alleged madam.
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By CRIME BEAT Peter Hermann peter.hermann | December 20, 2009
B ill Lehman watches the cars go by. A red pickup truck heads south on Second Street, disappears, then returns heading north on Second Street. "That red truck will be back," Lehman says. Sure enough, the same red truck passes Lehman seven times in 20 minutes on the same residential block in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood. Lehman calls out the plate number as Jessica Mazan jots it down in her log and Jessica's mother, Nancy Mazan, grabs her binoculars to confirm the sighting.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Di Zhang, the Towson woman whose arrest for allegedly operating a brothel on East Joppa Road sparked federal efforts to seize nearly $2 million worth of her real estate, has been arrested on prostitution and human trafficking charges in Montgomery County. Zhang, 43, was awaiting trial on similar charges stemming from a March 2013 raid of her massage parlor, Jade Heart Health, when police said she was caught receiving money from a prostitute working in a Montgomery County motel in February.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | June 27, 2013
Four women were arrested and charged with prostitution this week after Howard County detectives responded to online ads and posed as potential customers or "johns," according a Howard County Police news release. Police said detectives used the website Backpage.com to seek out ads for women offering various services. Women who met undercover officers at an undisclosed hotel on June 24 and offered sex in exchange for money were taken into custody, police said. Those arrested and charged with prostitution include: Ciara Miller, 21, of Stony Point, N.Y., Marie Gaffney, 22, of Atlantic City, N.J., Alexandra Molchanova, 22, of Atlantic City, N.J. and Charlene Darchel Williams, 29 of Harrisburg, Pa.  Police also charged one man, Valdez Zakye Ruffin, 20, of Stony Point, N.Y., with drug possession after he was discovered waiting for one of the women in a nearby car.  According to the release, the goal of the sting was to "send a message that prostitution will not be tolerated in Howard County, and to seek out any possible victims of sex trafficking.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
During a third undercover operation this month in Linthicum, detectives with the Anne Arundel County police department's vice unit arrested a 19-year-old California woman, who is charged with prostitution and possession of marijuana. Nary Sun of Oakland was arrested about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the hotel district near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Officers initiated the investigation earlier this month in response to residents' complaints of prostitution in the area of Old Elkridge Landing Road and Winterson Road.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2012
Annapolis police arrested seven people last week in a special operation to target suspects soliciting prostitutes, police said Monday. Police had received numerous complaints about prostitution activity in the area of the 200 block of West St. Nearby residents told police they often see suspects solicit prostitutes on West Street near Southgate and Monticello avenues and drive to nearby residential streets to park and conduct sexual activity, Det....
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A Towson woman will forfeit a building on Joppa Road where police say she ran a house of prostitution, but a deal struck with federal prosecutors allows her to keep five other properties in Baltimore. Di Zhang, 43, will also pay $325,000 as part of a settlement of a federal civil forfeiture case over property connected to her alleged prostitution and human-trafficking activities, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Zhang still faces criminal charges in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
An Anne Arundel County jury has found an alleged brothel operator not guilty in the 2008 death of a man who prosecutors said was a rival in the Annapolis prostitution business. On Friday, Kerlin Fuentes, 26, was found not guilty of first-degree and second-degree murder in the death of Ricardo Humberto Rivas-Ramirez. He also was found not guilty of the attempted murder of a woman who had been with Rivas-Ramirez at the time of the shooting. As the verdict was read, members of the county State's Attorney's Office sat silently in the gallery.
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By Pamela Wood | May 6, 2014
Opening arguments began Tuesday in the Annapolis trial of a man accused in a late night shooting nearly six years ago that left an alleged pimp dead and helped unravel a prostitution business in the state's capital city. Ricardo Humberto Rivas-Ramirez was found shot dead in a Cadillac that had rolled down Janwall Street shortly after midnight on Sept. 13, 2008, according to police and prosecutors. Beside him in the passenger's seat was a wounded passenger who police said was a prostitute in his employ.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 15, 2014
A Baltimore city police officer and Columbia resident was indicted last week on multiple sex offense charges by a Howard County Grand Jury, a county State's Attorney spokesman announced Tuesday. Charles William Hagee, 44, of the 8800 block of Goose Landing Circle, was indicted on three third-degree sex offense charges, a charge of sexual solicitation of a minor, and three counts of prostitution, according to court documents. Hagee was arrested in March by Howard County police when they received a tip regarding the prostitution of a 14-year-old girl in Columbia.  Police said detectives believe Hagee contacted the girl through a phone number posted to an online prostitution advertisement, and that the two exchanged text messages before meeting at his Columbia home and engaging in sexual activity.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Di Zhang, the Towson woman whose arrest for allegedly operating a brothel on East Joppa Road sparked federal efforts to seize nearly $2 million worth of her real estate, has been arrested on prostitution and human trafficking charges in Montgomery County. Zhang, 43, was awaiting trial on similar charges stemming from a March 2013 raid of her massage parlor, Jade Heart Health, when police said she was caught receiving money from a prostitute working in a Montgomery County motel in February.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Four men, including a Baltimore City police officer, were arrested in a prostitution sting in Baltimore County, police said. Police said the sting involved the men "coming to a Baltimore County location, soliciting prostitution and offering money to undercover detectives. " Sgt. Kevin Lamont Simmons, 40; Edward Yuditsky, 42; Trevor William Joseph Barnes, 44; and Mark Kane, 48; were each charged with two counts of general prostitution. Kane, of the 6100 block of Patrick Dr., in Eldersburg, also faces drug charges and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $5,000 bail.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A Washington, D.C., man arrested in July on human trafficking and prostitution charges has pleaded guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence, said the Annapolis Police Department in a prepared statement on Tuesday. Freddy Leguisamon, 28, was arrested by police in connection with a prostitution business he operated. The arrest followed an investigation that combined several government agencies, including the Annapolis Police Department's Hispanic Liaison, Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police last week arrested a North Carolina man who they said was using a party promotion business in the county as a front for human trafficking and prostitution. Michael D. Boswell Jr., 30, of Raleigh, N.C., was arrested June 20 on charges related to human trafficking, prostitution and possession of marijuana. Also arrested were Ashley Gassaway, 22, of Greensboro, N.C. and Regina A. Tyson, 19, of no fixed address. Both were charged with prostitution and possession of paraphernalia, police said.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
An armed man posing as a police officer was arrested amid an Anne Arundel prostitution sting designed to net would-be johns, authorities said. Steven James Gravley Jr., 27, of the unit block of Stockmill Road in Pikesville was charged with attempted robbery, police impersonation and prostitution, Anne Arundel County police said. Police said Gravley answered an Internet ad that officers had placed as part of sting targeting customers of prostitutes in Linthicum and Hanover. But Gravley arrived at a hotel room where he thought he was meeting a prostitute with a BB gun in his waist band, police said.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
A former Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to serving as a pimp for his 19-year-old wife and another young woman who lived with him. Between February and May of last year, Lamin Manneh, 32, advertised the two women's services on the Internet and arranged for them to meet more than 300 customers for sex at hotel rooms and homes. Manneh, who was assigned to the police's Eastern District, carried his service weapon as he chaperoned the women to the meetings and agreed to intervene if the clients became aggressive, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
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