GLEN BURNIE, Md. - In the middle of an industrial area where sewage trucks are parked and commercial recycling is nearly as loud as the airplanes landing at BWI, there's a home surrounded by a chain-linked fence.
"By the way people came, all of the out-of-state license plates, people going up and down through the area. I think there was more than prostitution going on," said Craig Holmes, who works next door.
Anne Arundel County police say there was a business that advertised for massages, but it was actually prostitution that was happening inside the home on Glenbrook Road. Three weeks of investigations turned up two suspected prostitutes.
"They came in, kicked the door in, walked around for about three hours, and then left with two people," said Holmes.
Shunyu Jin and Wenming Chen, both 48 years old, of no permanent address, were arrested and charged.
"Prostitution is such a big deal these days because of the human trafficking element. Now we don't have any evidence right now to point this is human trafficking, but that's part of the bigger problem with prostitution in general," said Lt. T.J. Smith with Anne Arundel County police.
The arrests came on Thursday, October 24. Four days later, the fence was open and lights were on. But no one answered the door.
Holmes says he asked the property owner to put the fence up after watching the activity for six months. Holmes says people would visit from as far away as Florida for a few hours at a time.
"It brings the wrong element around here, and we do have expensive equipment and I worry about it getting damaged or stolen," Holmes said.
Jin and Chen are charged with prostitution. Police think they were in the country legally. Online court records show a trial date is scheduled for next month.
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