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Published On: Wed, Jan 3rd, 2018

Maryland police have arrested Abiathar Vance, charged with three counts of human trafficking

Police in Maryland have charged a man with human trafficking after authorities said he trapped a 16-year-old girl into prostitution.

Frederick police said Abiathar Vance, 39, was with a 16-year-old girl whom he had brought to Frederick to engage in prostitution at a hotel.

Officers responded to a report of a possible abduction on Saturday, stating that the incident was not abduction but did involve human trafficking. Police said the girl was a runaway from Prince George’s County in Maryland.

Authorities took the girl to a hospital for an evaluation and released her to her parents.

FPD investigators believe Vance transported the girl to the Frederick area and encouraged her to engage in prostitution for him. Police also think Vance and the victim knew each other prior to the incident.

They charged Vance with three counts of human trafficking.

The Frederick Police Department requests anyone with additional information in this case contact Detective Gregory Loftis at 240-674-8941. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Frederick Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 301-600-8477 send information via email to [email protected] or send a text message to 240-674-8477.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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