Former Ferguson activist charged in Maryland with prostitution, sex trafficking

By Ashley Jost St. Louis Post-Dispatch

May 20, 2016

Activist Charles Wade of Austin, Texas, and Operation Help or Hush, photographs apartments in Dutchtown on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  Wade is starting to move protesters from motels to transitional housing subsidized by the organization.  Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

Activist Charles Wade of Austin, Texas, and Operation Help or Hush, photographs apartments in Dutchtown on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  Wade is starting to move protesters from motels to transitional housing subsidized by the organization.  Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

An out-of-town activist and member of the Black Lives Matter movement who was vocal during Ferguson protests was arrested and charged in Maryland with prostitution and human trafficking last month.

Charles Wade, a fashion stylist turned consultant, was charged April 25 with four counts of prostitution and three counts of human trafficking.

Wade, 33, is using social media to dispute the charges.

An undercover officer responded to an advertisement on a website often used for sex trafficking, and set up a meeting at a Howard Johnson Inn in College Park, Md., according to police. After he identified himself to a girl, 17, who met him, she told him Wade was her “manager,” according to the charging documents...