Howard County Police on Tuesday arrested and charged a Jessup man with human trafficking, police announced today.
Jabari Theodore, 26, faces charges of human trafficking, prostitution and concealing a dangerous weapon after an investigation revealed he was forcing an 18-year-old woman to engage in sex acts for money and then taking the profits, police said.
Detectives discovered an ad featuring the woman on a website they say is often used for human trafficking and prostitution, and learned that she was in a hotel along Route 1 in Laurel. Police went to the hotel on Feb. 27 and arrested Theodore and connected the woman with human trafficking survivor services counselors.
Theodore posted a $2,500 bond and has been released from the Howard County Detention Center, according to police.
An attorney for Theodore was not listed in online Maryland court records. A call to a phone number listed for Theodore’s Guilford Road residence went unanswered Wednesday.
Theodore has been charged with several crimes between 2010 and 2015, including burglary and concealing a dangerous weapon, according to online court records.
The arrest is the most recent in the county’s ongoing fight to eradicate human trafficking. In 2017 there were nine human trafficking arrests in the county; this was the county’s first human trafficking arrest of 2018, according to police.