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“These women’s lives have been transformed dramatically, and today I’m going to transform yours,” Lee told Barcus during a hearing in federal court in Alexandria.

Barcus and a relative, Joshua Dumas, 21, pleaded guilty in March to engaging in a child- exploitation enterprise — an offense that carries a minimum of 20 years in prison.

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“These women’s lives have been transformed dramatically, and today I’m going to transform yours,” Lee told Barcus during a hearing in federal court in Alexandria.

Barcus and a relative, Joshua Dumas, 21, pleaded guilty in March to engaging in a child-
exploitation enterprise — an offense that carries a minimum of 20 years in prison.

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The U.S. government is in its second decade of fighting global human trafficking, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) by evaluating how other governments fight these crimes and tying results to financial assistance.

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Governor O’Malley Convenes 2nd Annual Conference On Combating Human Trafficking in Maryland.

More than 400 representatives of local, state and national organizations today gathered for the 2nd Annual Conference on Combating Human Trafficking in Maryland.

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New statewide outreach programs have helped more than 15 child victims of human trafficking in the past five months alone, according to the governor’s office.

Last year, nearly 80 victims received services from the state.

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A31-year-old Baltimore Police officer was charged Friday with pimping out his wife after officers from a human trafficking task force found him outside a hotel room where the woman had agreed to have sex for cash with an undercover officer.

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Naughton was running a ring of prostitutes between New York, Maryland and Virginia with Charles Anderson, a close friend with whom he shared a Brooklyn apartment, according to prosecutors.

Anderson pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in March.

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Inside the hotel room Friday, a woman identified by police as Marissa Braun-Manneh told an undercover officer that she would have sex for $100 and was placed under arrest, charging documents show.

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BALTIMORE — During a human trafficking forum held at John Hopkins University, Salt Lake City native Elizabeth Smart spoke candidly about her nine months in captivity after being kidnapped in 2002 and the importance of educating children at a young age about how to stay safe and remember their self-worth.

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Child sex traffickers often leave a trail of evidence on sites like backpage.com. Photo by Graham Kates

As child sex traffickers increasingly turn to the Internet to facilitate their black market activities, law enforcement and advocates are following them into cyberspace.

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