Md. man charged with human trafficking via Backpage; 4 victims freed

Kamal Dorchy (Howard County Police Department)

A Baltimore man has been charged by Howard County Police with forcing multiple females into prostitution using the website Backpage.

Kamal Germaine Dorchy, 43, was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking after he was arrested in a motel room in Prince George’s County with three women believed to be victims, according to a statement from Howard County Police.

Police believe Dorchy controlled the females with physical assault, threats with a handgun, supplying them with drugs, and dictating when they could sleep and eat. He took their phones and had any calls and texts to them forwarded to his phone, police say.

On July 23, police responded to a call for a theft report at a motel in the 9800 block of Washington Boulevard in Laurel. Police found a woman believed to be a victim in the room and identified signs of prostitution and human trafficking.

Dorchy was identified as a suspect and was traced to a motel room in Prince George’s County. Serving a search warrant on the room, police found Dorchy and three females, 17 to 24.

Dorchy is suspected of forcing the women to perform sex acts for money after placing photos of them on the website Backpage and coordinating appointments at motels with the women.

The victims have been offered support services and were taken to safe locations.

Detectives regularly watch the website Backpage, known to be used for arranging prostitution and human trafficking, including with underage girls. Police say they also put ads on Backpage, warning men not to get involved in prostitution or human trafficking.

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