A 31-year-old California man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for prostitution and human trafficking in Howard County Circuit Court last week.
Rowland James Duffey, who listed his address in Long Beach, Calif., was sentenced by Judge Louis A. Becker III on Friday, Aug. 23 for transporting a 22-year-old Maine woman to Maryland to use her as a prostitute, according to state's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.
Duffey, who was operating out of an Extended Stay America hotel on Eli Whitney Drive in Columbia, allegedly used an undisclosed website to solicit prostitution, and was arrested in August of 2012 after the victim was able to admit herself to a hospital and call police.
Duffey was convicted of one count each of prostitution and human trafficking in June by a jury.
“He (Duffey) brought the crime of human trafficking into our community. He doesn’t care about the safety of our community," said prosecutor Colleen McGuinn.
According to Kirwan, McGuinn pointed out that Duffey has a 2007 conviction on similar charges in Arizona and stated that the “similarities are startling.”
Duffey was also sentenced to pay a $5,000 fine.
According to Lt. Glenn Case, commander of Howard Police's Vice ands Narcotics Division, Duffey's conviction was the first human trafficking conviction in Howard County.