Major regional human-trafficking ring shut down, Maryland prosecutors say

By Lynh Bui August 16 

It started out with promises to the young women, according to prosecutors, assurances from someone on the other end of an online ad that they would be models or have their debt disappear. But the women soon found themselves beaten and threatened into a life of prostitution.

Prosecutors in Maryland said the enterprise known as “Pink Pleasure Entertainment” operated for years before authorities shut it down recently. Over that time, there were dozens of victims, officials said.

Top law enforcement leaders from the state and Prince George’s County announced Tuesday that the three people allegedly behind the operation — Rashid Mosby, 42, Joshua Isaiah Jones, 26, and Terra Perry, 35 — have been indicted on charges of human trafficking and prostitution...