West Virginia man charged with human trafficking for facilitating wife’s prostitution

Kate Scanlon Sep 11, 2017 7:10 pm

A West Virginia man was charged with human trafficking after allegedly taking his wife to a hotel to engage in prostitution, the Herald-Mail Media reported. (John Moore/Getty Images)

A West Virginia man was charged with human trafficking after allegedly taking his wife to a hotel to engage in prostitution, the Herald-Mail Media reported. (John Moore/Getty Images)

A West Virginia man was charged with human trafficking after allegedly taking his wife to a hotel to engage in prostitution, the Herald-Mail Media reported.

Jason Daniel Hicks, 35, of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, was charged with one count of human trafficking, one count of second-degree assault and two counts of neglect of a minor, according to the Herald-Mail Media. He faces up to 30 years in prison. His wife, Heather Hicks, was charged with prostitution.

According to the report, Hagerstown, Maryland, police conducted an investigation into human trafficking and solicitation of prostitution in October 2016. Police set up “dates” with women at an unidentified motel using the website backpage.com, which some use to solicit paid sex...

Shepherdstown man held without bail in prostitution sting

CJ Lovelace

Sep 1, 2017

A West Virginia man facing charges as a result of a prostitution sting in Hagerstown was ordered held without bail Friday in Washington County District Court.

Jason Daniel Hicks, 35, of Shepherdstown appeared via closed-circuit television before retired District Judge Robert Wilcox, who handed down the ruling during a bond-review hearing.

Wilcox said Hicks' status as a "frequent flyer" in the criminal-justice systems of several states, including a number of prior convictions, indicate that he is a danger to public safety.

Hicks faces one count of human trafficking, one count of second-degree assault and two counts of neglect of a minor, according to the statement of charges...

Human trafficking occurring in DC’s backyard

By Kate Ryan | @KateRyanWTOP

August 11, 2017 4:48 am

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Human trafficking is a global problem — with a local impact in Montgomery County.

And on Thursday, the county’s Human Trafficking Task Force and a State Department delegation discussed the challenges human trafficking raises.

Representatives from 19 countries — including Paraguay, India, Tanzania and the Czech Republic — heard from county leaders on the shared problems of dealing with human trafficking, including detecting trafficking operation rings and how to assist trafficking victims...

Baltimore Man Arrested At Laurel Hotel Connected To Latest Human Trafficking Case

Posted on August 4, 2017 by admin

Police arrested man in connection with a human trafficking case involving four women in Prince George’s and Howard counties. The arrest is part of a two-week investigation conducted by the Howard County Police Department.

Forty-three-year-old Kamal Germaine Dorchy faces multiple counts of human trafficking. He was arrested Wednesday and held without bond in the Howard County Jail, police announced.

In 2016, the department investigated 17 human trafficking cases and 16 in the past seven months...

Howard police arrest Baltimore man at Laurel motel in latest human trafficking case

By Andrew Michaels

Howard County Times

AUGUST 2, 2017, 4:40 PM

Howard police arrest Baltimore man at Laurel motel in latest human trafficking case

A Baltimore man was charged Wednesday with the human trafficking of four women in Howard and Prince George's counties following a nearly two-week investigation by Howard County police.

Kamal Germaine Dorchy, 43, faces multiple counts of human trafficking, the police announced. He is being held without bond at the Howard County jail.

This investigation is part of Howard County's ongoing efforts to stop prostitution and human trafficking. There have been almost as many human trafficking cases this year as there were in all of 2016...

Md. man charged with human trafficking via Backpage; 4 victims freed

by ABC7

Wednesday, August 2nd 2017

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — A Baltimore man has been charged by Howard County Police with forcing multiple females into prostitution using the website Backpage.

Kamal Dorchy (Howard County Police Department)

Kamal Dorchy (Howard County Police Department)

Kamal Germaine Dorchy, 43, was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking after he was arrested in a motel room in Prince George’s County with three women believed to be victims, according to a statement from Howard County Police.

Police believe Dorchy controlled the females with physical assault, threats with a handgun, supplying them with drugs, and dictating when they could sleep and eat. He took their phones and had any calls and texts to them forwarded to his phone, police say...

Law Students In Maryland Help Human Trafficking Survivors Forget Their Past

Posted on July 9, 2017 by admin

A Prince George’s County woman tells about her experience as a human trafficking victim. She met up with a man who said he was a modeling agent, when she was just 19. He took her out of state, where they lived in a motel and she worked as a prostitute.

She eventually got into contact with a guardian who lived in Maryland. The guardian contacted a local police department and she was able to escape, but a prostitution conviction continued to plague her as she sought a new life...

University of Baltimore law students help trafficking victims escape their past

By Lorraine Mirabella

JULY 8, 2017, 8:29 AM

The Prince George's County woman still remembers the night a man in a black SUV stopped as she and a high school friend waited for a ride to a party. He told them he was a modeling agent, gave them his cell number and drove off.

A chronic runaway, the then 19-year-old soon met up with him, only to be cut off from family and later whisked to a hotel out of state where she was forced to work as a prostitute...

Third person charged with human trafficking of teen in Jessup

By Staff report

Howard County Times

JULY 7, 2017, 1:43 PM

Howard County police have charged a third person in connection to the alleged human trafficking of a 16-year-old girl, saying the woman helped two other people force the teen into prostitution at Jessup motels.

Jessica Lynn Smitherman, 31, of Laurel, was charged with human trafficking of a minor on June 30 and is being held at the county jail on $35,000 bond...

Howard County’s Message To Human Traffickers: ‘Prepare To Go To Jail’

July 7, 2017 11:15 PM By George Solis

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police in Howard County say there has been an increase in human sex trafficking activity that seems to be expanding nationwide.

In an effort to get ahead of the crime, the county is finding new ways to tackle the problem at its source.

From funding, to new laws, Howard County officials say they are using every resource at their disposal to warn criminals that human trafficking will not be tolerated...

State police fight human trafficking

JUNE 8, 2017, 3:11 PM

In their commentary regarding human trafficking ("Transportation officials have a role in human trafficking battle," June 7), the authors stated the "Maryland State Police should reach out to transportation authorities to include them in ongoing training conferences and coordination." Please be assured the Maryland State Police is already doing that and much more to combat human trafficking in our state.

Just today, our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) used FedEx Field to conduct surprise inspections of hundreds of commercial vehicles. During the operation, Maryland state troopers were handing out training DVDs and other materials to commercial drivers about how to identity human trafficking and where to report it...

Transportation officials have a role in human trafficking battle

By Madeleine Gleave, Alexandra Miller, Caitlin Sellers

JUNE 7, 2017, 12:30 PM

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that exists in every corner of the world — even along our own highways in Maryland. Every day, thousands of people are forced by fear, fraud or coercion to work in commercial sex and labor markets with little hope of escape. According to the Polaris Project, a non-profit that runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline, there were more than 7,500 human trafficking cases reported in the United States in 2016, including 602 in Maryland, making it the eighth highest state for trafficking in the nation. The majority of these were for sex trafficking. Countless more cases go unreported...

Human Trafficking Of Teen Sends 2 To Jail: Howard County Police

A Laurel man is being held without bail after officials allege he assaulted and drugged a teen, then forced her into prostitution in Jessup.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff) - Updated June 6, 2017 1:08 pm ET

JESSUP, MD — Officials say two people have been charged with human trafficking of a minor in Howard County. Police received a tip on May 31 that a man was offering a teen for money at Jessup area motels.

Andre Lamar Russell, 28, of Dulwick Court in Laurel, and Heather Lynn Harding, 23, of Woodbine Roadin Woodbine, were charged with human trafficking of a minor. 

Russell and Harding were at a motel in the 7500 block of Assateague Drive on June 1 when law enforcement followed up on the tip and upon investigation, found a 16-year-old girl in their motel room...

Fighting human trafficking in Howard County [Editorial]

By Editorial by the Howard County Times

Howard County Times

June 1, 2017, 12:25 PM

"Human trafficking is a threat to the human race, our economic, social, and moral values and we need to employ effective strategies to tackle this type of violence."

The U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking stated the obvious in that single sentence at the conclusion of its first report, published last October.

So what about those "effective strategies?"

Judging from the piecemeal approach to this "threat to the human race," at federal, state and county levels, the strategies have been middlingly effective, at best...

Victim Advocates Are Demanding Stricter Human Trafficking Laws

Posted on May 28, 2017 by admin

Nearly three years ago, in a Howard County General Hospital waiting room sit a human trafficking victim with her trafficker to get a prescription for insulin. Rowland Duffey, the victim’s trafficker, promised a romantic relationship to lure the 21-year-old victim.

Police dubbed him “Romeo”.

The young victim had just lost her father and thought her trafficker “seemed like a nice guy.” After falling asleep watching a movie with Duffey in a van, the victim woke up in an unfamiliar hotel, according to court records.

Duffey took her mobile phone and gave her a prepaid version, while demanding her to “answer anytime” he called. She was trafficked along the East Coast and in Columbia, court records show.

Duffey was eventually charged and found guilty of human trafficking.

In Howard County victims were once considered willing participants in the sex trade, but this case was a turning point...

Human trafficking bust in OC yields seven arrests

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Published 6:07 p.m. ET May 24, 2017 | Updated 6:10 p.m. ET May 24, 2017

Ocean City police said Wednesday, May 24, 2017 that these seven people were charged in connection with a human trafficking investigation. (photo: Image courtesy Ocean City police)

Ocean City police said Wednesday, May 24, 2017 that these seven people were charged in connection with a human trafficking investigation. (photo: Image courtesy Ocean City police)

Seven people were charged following an anti-human trafficking bust by law enforcement officials.

Ocean City police said Wednesday, May 24, that they recently conducted an investigation with assistance from the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations...

Tougher laws, more services for human trafficking victims sought in Howard County

By Fatimah Waseem

May 22, 2017, 1:54 PM

A 21-year-old human trafficking victim sat unnoticed in a waiting room in Howard County General Hospital nearly three years ago with her trafficker, Rowland Duffey, to get insulin.

Local police called him a Romeo.

Court records show Duffey lured the 21-year-old with promises of a romantic relationship. Her father had just died and she thought Duffey "seemed like a nice guy"; she fell asleep after they watched a movie in a van outside her uncle's house, according to court records.

The victim woke up in an unknown hotel at an unknown location...

Laurel man faces 50-year prison sentence for human trafficking

Arthur Coleman, 46, of Larchdale Road, Laurel, was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking, prostitution and other sex-related offenses.

Arthur Coleman, 46, of Larchdale Road, Laurel, was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking, prostitution and other sex-related offenses.

By Andrew Michaels

Howard County Times

May 9, 2017, 10:09 AM

A Laurel man, who is a registered sex offender, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the human trafficking and prostitution of two teenage girls in Howard County.

Arthur Billy Coleman, 47, was sentenced in Howard County Circuit Court on May 5, following his guilty plea to charges of human trafficking, attempted human trafficking and prostitution during his January trial.

Circuit Court Judge Mary Kramer sentenced Coleman to two 20-year consecutive terms for two counts of human trafficking of a minor, a concurrent 20 years for operating a prostitution business and a 10-year consecutive term for prostitution under the age of 16.

According to the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, the two girls, ages 13 and 16, were foster children who ran away from the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. Howard County police began their investigation into Coleman's acts last July when an undercover female detective saw prostitution ads online that were posted by the 13-year-old girl...

Maryland Couple Injected Teen with Heroin and Forced Her into Prostitution: Police

BY CHRIS HARRIS•@CHRISHARRISMENT

POSTED ON APRIL 20, 2017 AT 2:51PM EDT

A Maryland couple is facing human trafficking and child abuse charges after authorities have accused them of injecting a 15-year-old girl with heroin and forcing her into prostitution.

PEOPLE obtained a statement from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, which confirms Darlene Louise Allen, 35, of Federalsburg, and Paul Thomas Owen, 26, of Greensboro, were arrested on April 4.

Authorities began investigating the couple in early January after receiving a tip about the alleged abuse. The statement reveals Allen and Owen allegedly injected the teenage victim with heroin numerous times, and investigators have also accused Owen of having sex with the girl...

Bishops say church committed to addressing ‘scourge’ of human trafficking

By Catholic News Service • Posted April 6, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CNS) — Decrying “the evil of human trafficking” as an “international, national and local scourge,” three Catholic bishops whose dioceses cover portions of Maryland said their state “is not immune from this tragic reality.”

“Our state is a prime location for local, national and international trafficking due to the Interstate 95 corridor that connects multiple major cities in the region, the number of truck and rest stops along highways, and the ease of travel that the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport,” they said in an April 3 statement.

“As people of faith, this grave injustice cries out for a response,” they said. “Yet perhaps the most distressing aspect of human trafficking is the cloak of silence gripping its victims.”...