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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.”

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