Police shutdown what they called a Hispanic brothel in Southeast Baltimore and charged four people with human trafficking.
Commissioner Michael Harrison said detectives rescued two women, both of them undocumented immigrants, from the brothel in the Baltimore Highlands neighborhood and placed them in safe houses.
“This could be ongoing. There could be more victims and more perpetrators,” he said.
Police and prosecutors called a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce charges against Edward Luna Sanchez, 27, Gladys Luna-Hernandez, 44, Jose Arevalo, 56, and Julio Duran. Duran was not listed in online court records.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the traffickers targeted vulnerable, immigrant women. She thanked investigators and called human trafficking “a modern form of slavery.”
Police said they seized $50,000 in cash, five cars, passports and ledgers from the brothel in the 3900 block of Mount Pleasant Ave. The two victimized women would be provided help from the city regardless of their undocumented status, Harrison said.
“They are considered victims of this crime,” he said. “We are only enforcing criminal law. We’re not enforcing immigration policy.”