Human Trafficking Of Teen Sends 2 To Jail: Howard County Police

A Laurel man is being held without bail after officials allege he assaulted and drugged a teen, then forced her into prostitution in Jessup.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff) - Updated June 6, 2017 1:08 pm ET

JESSUP, MD — Officials say two people have been charged with human trafficking of a minor in Howard County. Police received a tip on May 31 that a man was offering a teen for money at Jessup area motels.

Andre Lamar Russell, 28, of Dulwick Court in Laurel, and Heather Lynn Harding, 23, of Woodbine Roadin Woodbine, were charged with human trafficking of a minor. 

Russell and Harding were at a motel in the 7500 block of Assateague Drive on June 1 when law enforcement followed up on the tip and upon investigation, found a 16-year-old girl in their motel room...