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Baltimore pair indicted on sex trafficking charges
10:31 AM, Jan 8, 2014
10:32 AM, Jan 8, 2014
BALTIMORE - Two men were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges related to sex trafficking of a minor.
Rodney Hubert age 38, of Baltimore and New York, and Charles Hufton, 25, of Cockeysville, were indicted on charges that included conspiring to traffic a minor to engage in commercial sex acts and with sex trafficking of a minor.
According to the indictment, from December 2012 through Feb. 22, 2013, Hubert, a registered sex offender, and Hufton, a bouncer at a lounge in Baltimore City, recruited and transported females, some of whom were minors, to engage in sex acts for money.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the defendants allegedly offered a "finders fee" to prostitutes if they found others to work for them and took provocative or explicit photographs of the females and posted them to websites that host advertisements for sex.
Then, Hubert and Hufton provided a residence in Parkville, for the females to host "in-call" prostitution and drove the females to "out-call" prostitution locations.
According to the indictment, Hubert allegedly recruited a 19-year-old to work for him as a prostitute beginning in December 2012. He also offered her a commission to recruit a 16-year-old to become a prostitute for him.
As part of the recruitment, Hubert allegedly invited the minor to live with him. In addition, he offered $400 to take provocative photographs and $1,000 to make a pornographic film.
Hufton allegedly used his phone to create and post the prostitution advertisements online and drove the prostitutes, including the minor, to locations and collected a portion of their earnings.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison.