Howard County police charged a man and a Rhode Island couple with human trafficking last week in two separate cases that were reported just days apart.
Craig Okeido Anderson, 32, of no fixed address, faces numerous charges of human trafficking, assault and prostitution after police received a call on Oct. 3 from a 24-year-old victim who said Anderson forced her to perform sex for money for the past two years, according to police.
On Oct. 4, police received a call from another 24-year-old woman who alleged a Rhode Island couple kidnapped her three days earlier and forced her into prostitution, police said.
In that case, Gary Eugene Maddox, 29, and Amina R. Philip, 27, both of Providence, R.I., were charged with multiple human trafficking and prostitution offenses. Maddox faces an additional kidnapping charge.
In the case charging Anderson, the victim made her way to a fire station in Sykesville, where she called police for help, police said. The victim, who police said was suffering from obvious injuries, told police she had been beaten by her "pimp," who she identified as Anderson.
The victim told police Anderson forced her into prostitution in various states over two years, and that he repeatedly beat her. The victim told police that Anderson used two other women as prostitutes, and advertised all three of them on the website, Backpage.com.
Anderson, who is being held on $75,000 bond, was arrested at a traffic stop near an Anne Arundel County hotel where he was staying. Police seized an assault rifle and loaded magazine concealed in the truck of Anderson's car, police said.
Police said additional charges are pending against Anderson.
In the case against Maddox and Philip, the victim reported the couple befriended her in Rhode Island and offered her money to sell items. However, when she got in the car they drove to Connecticut, where they told her she would have sex for money, police said.
Police said the couple threatened the victim's life if she would not comply. Police said the victim was forced to have sex with various men in different states for money over a three-day span, and that the couple also used Backpage.com to advertise prostitution.
The victim gave police a description of the vehicle, which was located and stopped in Elkridge.
Both were arrested and are being held at the Howard County Detention Center, Philip on $750,000 bond and Maddox on $1 million.