In the U.S., there is a lot of stigma attached to drug addiction. "Why can't he just stop using?" or "Why is she making these choices?" are common questions we hear after someone on drugs gets into legal trouble. The truth of the matter, though, is that the answers are not cut and dry. Drug addiction is a very real thing and causes people to behave in ways they never would have imagined. Suddenly, the person you love is someone you hardly recognize. In many cases, the person doesn't even recognize themselves.
A nationwide sex crimes sweep has led to the recovery of two minor girls in Maryland -- along with the arrest of five people who are accused of sexually exploiting those youngsters. The girls were found through the Operation Cross Country endeavor, which seeks to ferret out solicitation and prostitution related to sex trafficking throughout the country. In addition to the two girls, three adult women were given assistance by Maryland authorities in connection with the case.
A 43-year-old woman awaiting trial in Baltimore County for charges related to prostitution was recently accused of operating a brothel in Montgomery County. Police say that they were led to the accused woman by a woman whom they met at the Red Roof Inn in Gaithersburg; the woman claimed to be working as a prostitute for someone named "Wendy." Police photographed $1,260 that the alleged prostitute was going to give to "Wendy," and they later took the 43-year-old into custody after she exited the other woman's hotel room. Police say that she had on her possession the $1,260 that they photographed earlier.
Baltimore residents may be interested in the recent sentencing of a man for acting as a pimp in a sex trafficking ring that spanned from 2008 until January 2013. The 35-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to life in prison on Feb. 19 in a Georgia federal courtroom. The sentencing came five months after the man had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with others to engage in sex trafficking.