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.