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Hogan vows to step up efforts to halt human trafficking in Maryland

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Human Trafficking hands grabbing nettingHuman Trafficking hands grabbing nettingROCKVILLE – Calling Maryland a hotbed for human trafficking, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced several initiatives to combat the problem plaguing the state.

Hogan signed an executive order Thursday creating the new position of anti-human trafficking director, an appointed position to help combat the problem. In addition, Hogan announced new funding for a variety of programs to help research and develop solutions to human trafficking.

Finally, Hogan said he would support a bill, which legislators will introduce on the first day of the 2019 legislative session in January that will increase time served for some felony human traffickers.

Hogan said three regions in Maryland are hotspots for human trafficking: Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County.

“The chilling reality is that Maryland’s central location and access to major highways and airports like I-95 and BWI make our state a hotbed for human trafficking,” Hogan said.

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Proving human trafficking problems

gavel2There has but much publicity about the terrible problem of human trafficking by enticing minors to participate in prostitution. Maryland law makes it a crime to “persuade or entice or aid in the persuasion or enticement of an individual under the age of 16 years from the individual’s home or from the custody of the individual’s parent or guardian” for the purposes of prostitution. 

How that law applies was explored by Maryland’s intermediate appellate court in a recent case called Arthur Coleman v. State.

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Ariana Kelly takes helm of group dedicated to fighting for women

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Ariana KellyDel. Ariana Kelly (D-16). COURTESY PHOTO  

After being elected president of the Women Legislators of Maryland, Del. Ariana Kelly (District 16) proclaimed that she had just “fulfilled one of my legislative dreams.”

Kelly, who is already known around Annapolis for fighting for women’s causes, now heads an organization dedicated to the rights and needs of women and girls on issues such as child care, domestic violence and human trafficking.

“I think it’s an incredible opportunity. I think there are a lot of ways to improve women’s lives,” she said.

“For me, it’s both a tremendous honor to be elected by my colleagues, but it also is a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of the women of Maryland.”

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Police hunt for juvenile victims

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Montgomery County Police are looking for juvenile victims of prostitution after a 15-year-old victim led them to arrest two suspects.

According to County police spokesperson Rick Goodale, Prince George’s County police arrested 34-year-old Atuan Rogers in July and 19-year-old Dierra Thomas in June.

Police said the victim worked for Thomas and Rogers for 2.5 months and had sex with 288 clients before she told Rogers she “didn’t want to have sex anymore.” Rogers hit the victim in response.

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