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Four arrested, two rescued in Southeast Baltimore human trafficking bust

Posted at 3:14 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 18:44:26-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Four suspects are in custody and two victim's are rescued after police say they took down an illegal brothel operating out of a home in Southeast Baltimore.

On Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the arrests of Edward Luna Sanchez, Gladys Luna-Hernandez, Jose Arevalo, and Julio Duran.

All four are accused of targeting undocumented Hispanic immigrants for human trafficking in the 3900 block of Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

The victim's, both undocumented Hispanic females have been relocated to safe housing.

Harrison said the arrests follow a three month investigation that all started with tips and information provided by the community.

Investigator's also recovered five vehicle, $50,000.00 cash, and multiple passports, which Mosby says are all characteristics of human traffickers targeting vulnerable undocumented victim's.

Harrison said the Baltimore Police Department would follow it's policy, and would work to get the victim's the help they need and take no part in any enforcement related to their immigration status.

The Commissioner said while they believe all those responsible have been arrested, there's always a chance the investigation could result in more suspects and victims being identified.

Watch the entire press conference announcing the charges below.