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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 Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
A raid in April on the Pikesville home of a suspected drug trafficker turned up the usual tools of the trade, according to court documents: bundles of cash, some marijuana, seven handguns, a scale and a money counting machine. But agents also seized 98 pairs of men's shoes, according to the document. And authorities are now seeking to keep the footwear - which they value at $48,340, or $493 a pair - alleging that they were bought with drug money. The shoe collection is not described in the document, but the man whose feet they presumably fit is identified as Jerome Castle.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
A former Baltimore firefighter pleaded guilty Friday to a federal sex trafficking charge for his part in running a brothel that pimped out a 16-year-old girl and other women. Jamar Simmons and Franklin Coit ran brothels at two locations in Baltimore between 2009 and 2012 - the first in Reservoir Hill and later at a warehouse in Carrollton Ridge - and advertised for women to come to work for them as escorts or exotic dancers. Coit pleaded guilty to the same charge in August. "Many of the women recruited by Simmons and Coit were in financial distress, had no place to live, or were otherwise unusually vulnerable," Simmons' plea agreement 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 | August 1, 2013
When Sara Cochran, Deadra Atkins and other members of Howard County Agast talk about human trafficking at public lectures and events, they often tell the anecdote of a girl picked up by a suspected human trafficker near a typical American mall. The suspected trafficker picked up the unassuming girl under the guise of a modeling scout, as the story goes. But at some point during the car ride, the girl felt uncomfortable and at a stop light, she opened the car door and ran to safety.
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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 Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
Federal and local authorities have charged more than two dozen people this week after an investigation into drug trafficking and related crimes in Anne Arundel County and Annapolis. Federal indictments were returned Tuesday against eight people from a probe into an alleged drug ring, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led law enforcement officers in serving federal search warrants at 10 locations and seven vehicles, some of them homes and vehicles of the federal defendants, the federal prosecutor's office said.
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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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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2013
The ad that led to the arrest of a Towson massage parlor owner this month was typical for such businesses, boasting as it did of the availability of "new young girls. " "You have to ask: If they constantly have new girls, where are the other girls going?" Melissa Snow asked. It was a rhetorical question, because as someone who works to stop sex trafficking, Snow has a pretty good idea where they go — to yet another massage parlor that similarly is offering more than rub-downs.
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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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