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...