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.”...

Maryland Catholic Bishops issue joint statement on human trafficking

Monday, April 03, 2017 1:22 PM

The Catholic bishops in Maryland issued a joint statement April 3 on human trafficking, titled ‘Proclaiming Liberty to Captives,” and announced that the Catholic Church in Maryland will sponsor a series of information sessions throughout the state to address the issue.

The statement is from Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl,  and Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly.

Here is the text of that statement: 

The evil of human trafficking is an international, national and local scourge, and a grave violation of the dignity and freedom of all its victims. Human trafficking includes both labor and sex trafficking, and rivals the global drug industry in its scope and profits, affecting the lives of countless victims from all over the world. The U.S. State Department estimates that an alarming 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across nations’ borders worldwide, with 14,500 to 17,500 people trafficked into the United States each year...

Maryland bishops join fight against human trafficking, announce training sessions

April 03, 2017

By Catholic Review Staff

The Catholic bishops in Maryland have announced their full support for efforts to combat human trafficking, which, according to State Department estimates, results in 14,500 to 17,500 people being trafficked into the U.S. each year.

“As people of faith, this grave injustice cries out for a response,” Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori; Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl; and Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly said in a statement, “Proclaiming Liberty to Captives,” released April 3.

The statement noted that Maryland – due to its Interstate 95 corridor connecting major cities, truck and rest stops along highways, and the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport – is a prime location for trafficking, often referred to as modern-day slavery.

In 2014, 396 survivors received services from the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force’s Victims Services Committee...

Maryland man pleads guilty to human trafficking

POSTED 8:38 PM, MARCH 30, 2017, BY DIANA DIGANGI

BALTIMORE, Md. — A Maryland man pleaded guilty on Thursday to illegal possession of firearms as well as a charge of enticing and coercing women across state lines to engage in prostitution.

Jason David Young, 33, who goes by the aliases Bird, J Bird, and Chris, will be sentenced to 20 years in prison if court accepts his plea agreement. This sentence would be followed by five years of supervised release. Young will be sentenced on June 16 of this year — he has been in prison since his arrest in October 2015.

According to his plea agreement, Young admitted that he transported women across state lines for the purpose of prostitution, testifying in January 2015, that he drove two women to Tennessee to engage in commercial sex acts. He said he rented hotel rooms and several online advertisements were posted to recruit customers...

Howard police: Traffic stop leads to human trafficking arrest

William O. Murray, 29, was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking and prostitution, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said, and later released from the county jail on $15,000 bond. (Howard County Police)

William O. Murray, 29, was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking and prostitution, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said, and later released from the county jail on $15,000 bond. (Howard County Police)

By Andrew Michaels

Howard County Times

March 24, 2017, 3:55 PM

A Pikesville man was arrested during a traffic stop early Thursday morning when Howard police learned that he was allegedly trafficking as many as nine women for prostitution.

William O. Murray, 29, was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking and prostitution, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said, and later released from the county jail on $15,000 bond.

Around 1:30 a.m. on March 23 near Snowden River Parkway and Route 108 in Columbia, police said, officers stopped Murray, who they said looked like he was having a drug-related medical emergency.

As officers prepared to take Murray to the hospital, they also found a 34-year-old female passenger in the car, Llewellyn said, who they believed to be a human trafficking victim...

ICE HSI agents in Maryland fight human trafficking

03/17/2017

Photos courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor

Photos courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor

Photos courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor

Photos courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor

BALTIMORE, Md. – Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were recognized by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for their efforts in preventing human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals are forced to provide labor or services, at a ceremony yesterday held at the Maryland State House.

Photos courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor

Photos courtesy of the Executive Office of the Governor

Special Agent Vaughn Harper and Special Agent Cara Rose, both reporting to the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regional office in Baltimore, Maryland, were presented with citations after providing key human trafficking prevention training to thousands of individuals in Maryland representing federal, state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, faith-based groups and governmental and non-governmental organizations...

Proposed bill would crack down on illegal massage parlors in Howard County

A proposal would help the Howard County Police Department, headquartered in Ellicott City, to target massage establishments suspected of illegal activity. ((Fatimah Waseem/Baltimore Sun Media)

A proposal would help the Howard County Police Department, headquartered in Ellicott City, to target massage establishments suspected of illegal activity. ((Fatimah Waseem/Baltimore Sun Media)

By Fatimah Waseem

Howard County Times

March 1, 2017, 6:00 AM

In an effort to curb prostitution and human trafficking, a bill before the Howard County Council would expand the Howard County Police Department's ability to crack down on illegal massage parlors.

Proposed by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilman Jon Weinstein, the bill would allow local police to enter massage parlors at any time during business or operating hours to ensure the establishment is licensed by the state...

Human trafficking victims file suit against Salisbury hotel

By: Danielle Jackson 

Posted: Feb 27, 2017 07:01 PM EST

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 07:01 PM EST

SALISBURY, Md. - A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of victims of a human trafficking ring that happened in Salisbury almost three years ago.

Online court records show lawsuits have been filed against Americas Best Value Inn. The lawsuits allege that the hotel knew or should have known about the trafficking ring...

Human-trafficking victims sue Salisbury hotel

Jeremy Cox , jcox6@dmg.gannett.com

Published 3:35 p.m. ET Feb. 24, 2017 | Updated 2:34 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2017

An exterior view of America's Best Value Inn on North Salisbury Boulevard on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  (Photo: Staff photo by Ralph Musthaler)

An exterior view of America's Best Value Inn on North Salisbury Boulevard on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  (Photo: Staff photo by Ralph Musthaler)

One by one, they were plucked off the street, and their captors would plunge them, against their will, into the sordid business of prostitution.

The human-trafficking ring's leaders would dress them in lingerie and take their photographs inside rooms at a Salisbury hotel barely three blocks away from a Maryland State Police barrack. The pictures were immediately posted to the internet, advertising the women to would-be johns under pseudonyms such as "Sugar" and "Sunshine."

Business was brisk, but the women held captive were never paid...

Maryland pimp sentenced for human trafficking; hear the 911 call

Marcus Jamal Lindsey (Montgomery County State Attorney’s office)

Marcus Jamal Lindsey (Montgomery County State Attorney’s office)

By Yvette Caslin   |  February 17, 2017 10:59 AM EST

Marcus Jamal Lindsey, 23, was convicted of human trafficking and assault charges in a Montgomery County, Maryland, in December 2016. In court on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, he learned his fate.

A hotel maid recorded audio of the pimp beating a woman when she tried to escape the prostitution ring. He was arrested after the incident, which happened March 3, 2016, at a Radisson Hotel in Rockville, Maryland.

The recording was the smoking gun used by prosecutors during the trial. There were two women in the room with Lindsey. The maid heard screaming when she placed her phone at the base of the door to record the assault taking place inside the room. One of the women inside the room screamed and demanded in the two-minute recording, “Marcus, stop it.”

While crying she professed, “I don’t want no part in this life.” The trio stayed in the hotel for two days...

Human Trafficking Conviction Gets Wheaton Man 20 Years

A hotel maid captured audio recording of a Wheaton man assaulting a woman he prostituted at the Radisson Hotel in Rockville.

By Cameron Luttrell (Patch Staff) - February 17, 2017 4:18 pm ET

WHEATON, MD — A Wheaton man received 20 years in prison for human trafficking charges in the Montgomery County Circuit Court Thursday, according to reports. Marcus Jamal Lindsey, 23, was charged with two felony counts of human trafficking and assault charges.

According to Rolling Out, Lindsey assaulted a 20-year-old woman he was prostituting when she tried to escape him at the Radisson Hotel in Rockville. The victim told police Lindsey punched her and choked her...

Human trafficker gets prison time

Pimp gets 20 years hard time

By: Michael Gordon 

Posted: Feb 16, 2017 04:57 AM EST

Updated: Feb 16, 2017 04:57 AM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Following convictions on charges of human trafficking and assault, Marcus Lindsey, 23, finally received his prison sentence on Wednesday morning.

Lindsey was sentenced to twenty years behind bars and it will be at least ten years in federal prison before he is up for parole.

Authorities discovered Lindsey’s crime last March when they were called to the Radisson Hotel by employees.

A young woman staying in one of the rooms told employees and police that she had been beaten and had spent several weeks being used a prostitute by Lindsey...

Salvation Army's newest beacon of hope? Catherine's Cottage

Safe haven for human trafficking survivors

By:  Nadia Singh

Posted:  9:58 PM, Feb 13, 2017

Updated:  12:09 AM, Feb 14, 2017

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally. 

For those who have survived human trafficking, Catherine's Cottage hopes to be a beacon of light. It's a place where survivors can re-enter society and take their lives back.

In a quiet, tree lined neighborhood, the location of which cannot be disclosed, a three-story home will soon serve as a temporary home for trafficking survivors...

Governor’s Sex Trafficking Bill Would Help Child Victims

A bill before the Maryland General Assembly expands definition of sex abuse to allow for prosecution of people other than family members.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff) - February 10, 2017 10:23 am ET

ANNAPOLIS, MD — A bill proposed by the governor would change Maryland’s sexual abuse law to allow law enforcement to more effectively prosecute suspected sex traffickers of children, regardless of whether the trafficker is a relative of the victim. 

Hogan’s Protecting Victims of Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 would change Maryland’s definition of sexual abuse to allow for police to open investigations into allegations of sexual trafficking of children even if the suspect is not related to the victim by family or through the household. The bill has bipartisan support.

“It ensures minor victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Maryland are treated as victims of child sexual abuse,” Amelia Rubenstein, with the Child Sex Trafficking Victims Initiative, said in written testimony...