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Keyword: human trafficking

On March 17, detectives with the Baltimore County Police Vice Unit conducted an operation at a hotel in Baltimore County. As a part of this operation, detectives searched websites known for advertising prostitution.

Detectives located an advertisement that used terminology known to be used by prostitutes. They called the number that was listed in the advertisement and made arrangements to meet at a Baltimore County hotel. Three girls came to the hotel room and one of them asked for the money. All three girls were then taken into custody. One of the girls was 14-years-old, one was 16-years-old and one was 17-years-old. They have been classified as victims of human trafficking.

Detectives also took two men into custody who had brought the girls to the hotel. The investigation indicated that the men knew the girls were underage and were engaging in prostitution.

The men charged in this incident have been identified as:

  • Matthew Warren Brown (25) of the 1100 block of Cleveland Street 21230
  • Anthony Leon Eley Jr (30) of the 8400 block of Merrymount Road 21244

Both men were charged with human trafficking and related charges. Both are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center; Brown on $75,000 bail and Eley on $1 million bail.

This investigation was conducted with the assistance of the FBI Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force.

Booking photograph of Matthew Warren Brown

Booking photograph of Anthony Leon Eley Jr

Baltimore County Police have charged a man in connection with a human trafficking investigation.

On June 20, a Baltimore County Detective with the Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force was working as part of FBI Operation Cross Country. The detective received information that a teenage female that had been reported missing in Baltimore County was involved in an advertisement for an escort on a section of a webpage that is known for the advertisement of human trafficking and prostitution.

The detective, along with another task force member, located the advertisement, contacted the girl, and scheduled an appointment. The girl told the detective that the “donation” would be $200. She arrived at the arranged meeting place in Baltimore County in a vehicle which appeared to be a cab.

Police detained all three persons in that vehicle. One of the persons was the defendant and one was the missing girl from Baltimore County. The girl told detectives that she had met the defendant two weeks ago. The defendant took her to his home in Baltimore City where he stated that he was going to place an advertisement for her online and that she needed to make them money. The defendant provided her with condoms that she was to use with her customers and kept a large portion of the money that she made. She further stated that he was her “pimp”.

The defendant has been identified as 31-year-old Abudallah Hannibal Oakley of the 1600 block of North Wolfe Street 21213. He has been charged with human trafficking and related charges and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

Booking photo of Abudallah Hannibal Oakley

The next edition of “Police Report,” the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through March.

The opening segment focuses on the department’s recruitment efforts. Officers Shelly Knox and John Mitchell, of the Recruitment Unit, talk about career opportunities to become a Baltimore County police officer or cadet.

The topic of the second segment is human trafficking. Alicia McDowell, of the Araminta Freedom Initiative, discusses its impact on Baltimore County and our nation.

The program airs seven days a week on cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

  • Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is also available online, to watch on your own computer, on your own schedule.

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