The group Araminta in Baltimore has the mission to educate the community until every child is free. Araminta says every child can be a victim of sex trafficking, regardless of demographics.
The risk factors include those who have been sexually abused; they are 11 times more likely to become victims. Homelessness, runaways, foster care or social service involvement, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and gang involvement are also signs.
The community should look for a "boyfriend" who is noticeably older, bruises, sudden change in attire, behavior, or material possessions, lack control of schedule, references frequent travel to other cities, sporting events, conferences.
Araminta says Maryland is particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking since it is a tourism destination with 8 professional sports teams, host to many large conventions and events, multiple gambling establishments, and a I-95 corridor.
A Parkville man is facing a minimum of 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised probation if convicted of forcing a 16 year old girl into prostitution.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging 38-year-old Rodney Hubert with sex trafficking of a minor, according to a release from U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
“According to the one count indictment, Hubert paid a 19 year old associate who worked for him as a prostitute a commission for recruiting a 16 year old girl to perform prostitution for him,” the release states. “Hubert allegedly offered to pay the 16 year old girl $400 to take photos of her wearing lingerie in a provocative manner. The girl posed for the pictures but never received the promised payment. Hubert offered to pay an additional $1,000 to make a pornographic film. The girl told Hubert that she was only 16 years old.”
Hubert allegedly posted photos of the girl online and advertised her as a prostitute, according to the indictment. Hubert paid a drier and a security guard to go out with the girl on “outcalls,” the indictment alleges.
“An indictment is not a finding of guilt,” according to the release. “An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the source of the release. ABC2 News regrets the error.
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