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...