During the investigation, detectives learned that Murray had placed ads on a website that police said is often used to solicit prostitution, and then scheduled appointments, forcing women to perform sex acts for money. In addition to taking the money, police said Murray would also give the women heroin or withhold drugs, while controlling when they could eat and sleep.
Police said the victims – who were transported to areas across the state – were also forced to stay awake for prostitution. Murray was arrested after his release from the hospital around 4 a.m., and was found with $500 and multiple cellphones.
Police said the passenger was given emergency assistance, drug treatment and shelter provided by local service organizations, as detectives continue the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.