their enterprise under the guise of a modeling and escort agency, Pink Pleasure Entertainment, and recruited females using a website called Backpage. Between 2013 and 2015, the indictments noted that the co-defendants posted more than 100 advertisements on Backpage and featured sexually explicit images and language to solicit customers for sexual services, which were arranged by the co-defendants and performed by the victims. Proceeds from the sexual services were then given to Mosby, Perry and Jones, according to the press release.
“In one case, as we set out in the indictment, this one woman was beaten so badly that her shoulder was dislocated,” Frosh said during a phone interview Monday. “[One of the co-defendants] then took her out of the hospital, drove her to North Carolina, took away her money and credit cards and just abandoned her. Not only did they solicit the women on Backpage.com, but they solicited customers through the website [as well]. They then would rent hotel rooms in different counties around the state and provide these women to the folks they had solicited over Backpage.com.”
As a result of the investigation, the indictments allege that once the co-defendants recruited their victims, the victims were manipulated and threatened into prostitution. Among the victims were two teenagers, including a young woman from New Jersey and a juvenile who was lured from North Carolina.
“These cases are critically important because we’re finding that with young victims, who are mostly young women ages 19 to 21, this sort of activity is increasingly occurring,” Alsobrooks said in an interview Aug. 22. “Some are from Prince George’s County and we have some in this indictment who are from other places. So we’re finding that the women are being trafficked and brought here from other jurisdictions also, which is common, to isolate them from their families. These are generally women who are vulnerable for one reason or another and may be suffering some sort of difficulty in their lives. They make the perfect victim, unfortunately, for the men who are involved in these cases.”
Alsobrooks said she is glad for the collaboration and wants to send the message that the county is paying attention.
“This trafficking is not limited to women. There are some men who have been trafficked as well,” she said. “We are going to investigate, we will arrest and we will prosecute because we do not want this to continue to grow in our state.”
According to the press release, Mosby, Perry and Jones are each charged with one count of conspiracy of human trafficking and three counts of human trafficking of a minor. Both Mosby and Perry are also charged with seven counts of human trafficking plus three counts of receiving earnings of a prostitute, in which Jones is only charged with one count.
Charges of human trafficking carry potential penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. A person convicted of receiving earnings of a prostitute may also be sentenced up to 10 years in prison and a max $10,000 fine, while the maximum penalties for being found guilty of human trafficking involving a minor include 25 years and a $15,000 fine, the press release noted.
“Our state police investigators, with the coordinated resources we have, are able to focus on inter-jurisdictional – which is that county to county – and cross-border crime as a primary strategy to dismantle these criminal enterprises,” said Elena Russo, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Police Department.
Frosh said he is thankful for the collaboration between all four law enforcement agencies on the case, especially the contributions and ongoing work of the police department’s vice intelligent unit.
“I have the greatest respect for Angela Alsobrooks. She is smart, dedicated and determined to stamp out human trafficking so it’s been a pleasure to work with her office,” Frosh said. “We also got great cooperation from the Prince George’s County police and Maryland State Police. All four law enforcement agencies worked closely together. It was a very successful collaboration.”