Police arrested man in connection with a human trafficking case involving four women in Prince George’s and Howard counties. The arrest is part of a two-week investigation conducted by the Howard County Police Department.
Forty-three-year-old Kamal Germaine Dorchy faces multiple counts of human trafficking. He was arrested Wednesday and held without bond in the Howard County Jail, police announced.
In 2016, the department investigated 17 human trafficking cases and 16 in the past seven months.
Police received a report of a theft at a Laurel hotel at Washington Boulevard on July 23. While investigating the incident, officers saw signs of human trafficking and prostitution, as well as a female believed to be a victim.
According to a spokeswoman for the Howard police, Sherry Llewellyn, Dorchy was not at the hotel on July 23. He was later identified as a suspect and served a search warrant on another hotel room in Prince George’s County.
During the search warrant a few days later, police discovered three women and the woman from the Laurel hotel. The women, age 17 to 24, where transported to safe location and offered transportation, treatment and housing.
Police believed Dorchy forced the women to perform sexual acts for money. He allegedly utilized the women’s photos to advertise their services online and took half of their earnings.
In an effort to control the women, police believed Dorchy threatened the victims with a handgun, gave them drugs and assaulted them, as well as controlled their access to sleep and food.