Grand jury indicted three in human trafficking enterprise

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BALTIMORE, Md.– A joint investigation by Maryland State Police, Prince George’s County Police Department, and the Organized Crime Unit led to the indictments of three suspects.

Rashid Marwan Mosby, 42, Terra Marie Perry, 35, and Joshua Isaiah Jones, 26, were indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, on multiple charges including, conspiracy human trafficking, human trafficking of a minor, and receiving earnings of a prostitute.

The indictments show that from 2013 to 2015, the defendants lured victims using a modeling and escorting service named “Pink Pleasure Entertainment.”  Through the website, the defendants posted more than 100 advertisements that featured sexually explicit pictures and language that explained acts that the victims performed.  All money collected went to the defendants.

The organization recruited victims from Maryland and the surrounding states.  Two of the victims were teenagers, including one from New Jersey.  One juvenile was from as far away as North Carolina.  The indictments also show that the defendants used several hotels throughout Maryland to keep the victims for the purposes of sexual encounters.  The victims were shuffled from hotel to hotel under coercion, deception, intimidation, and physical violence.

“Human trafficking is a crime that often preys on young girls who have become estranged from family and friends,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said during the announcement of the indictments.  “In addition to vigorously prosecuting those who engage in this terrible act, we must also provide resources to victims to help them deal with any trauma they have suffered and help them reunite with loved ones so they are never victimized like this again.”

“The trafficking of women for prostitution is a widespread and worldwide practice that places vulnerable individuals at risk of exploitation and violence, and it is a problem even in our own back yards,” Maryland State  Attorney General Brian Frosh also said during the announcement. “This enterprise brutalized women, crossed county and state lines, and spanned years. But, through close collaboration between our office and the office of Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, Angela Alsobrooks, today, we can announce that this enterprise has been shut down. These indictments represent what can be done when police and prosecutors come together to tackle multi-jurisdictional criminal organizations.”

“A 2015 arrest by Prince George’s County Police officers initiated this multi-agency investigation. We are proud to have worked closely with our local and state partners. We are pleased the effort resulted in the indictments against these suspects who victimized so many women. This criminal behavior has no place in our communities,”  Chief Hank Stawinski, Prince George’s County Police Department said.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said that the state is helping the victims to deal with any trauma and also to help them reunite with their families.

“We continue to see the importance coordination between law enforcement partners makes in fulfilling our mission to be a statewide force for a safer Maryland,” Colonel William Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police said.  “Thanks to the dedicated efforts of police, prosecutors and defense attorneys across Maryland, together, we will continue to focus on inter-jurisdictional and cross border crimes to ultimately end human trafficking in our state.”

Charges of human trafficking carry a potential of up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000. If the person being trafficked is a minor, the maximum prison time is 25 years, and a fine up to $15,000.  A penalty for receiving the earnings of a prostitute is up to 10 years of prison time and a fine up to $10,000.

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