Police Bust Prostitution Ring on Route 1

Police charge eight men during the operation in North Laurel.

Howard County Police have arrested and charged eight men for soliciting prostitution along Route 1 in North Laurel, officials announced today.

The arrests were the latest in the police department’s ongoing operation to eliminate prostitution along the Route 1 corridor. Howard County Police are continuing to utilize reverse prostitution to catch solicitors, they said.

Police used female officers in plain clothes who worked undercover in areas targeted by citizen complaints. Suspects who approached the female officers and made such money offers were arrested, according to a press release.

In total, eight men were arrested in charged, according to Howard County Police. Those charges include:

Jose Alexis Rojas-Garcia, 23, of Laurel

Enrique Andres Merino, 49, of Silver Spring

Carlos A Arevalo-Iraheta, 31, of Silver Spring

Jorge Carlos Lopez-Bustillos, 32, of Columbia

Ruben Avina-Mata, 23, of Charles City, Virginia

Aashishkumar Shashikant Patel, 37, of Takoma Park

Prince Albert Warner Jr., 51, of Germantown

Keshram Sukhram, 35, of Rockville

Howard County Police encouraged citizens to continue to report suspicious activity by calling call 410-313-STOP with tips or information. Callers may remain anonymous.

RealJen June 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
What a waste of time and money. Many other counties outside of the US have legalized prostitution. Legalize it, test the girls regularly for STDS, and tax them. Let them work in safe environments, which will eliminate a lot of the crime aspect. Let the girls be able to call police if they are being hurt or victimized. Prostitution will always happen, it will never disappear. If the cops and government were so concerned maybe they could spend taxpayers money by setting up programs to help girls get out of the business instead of arresting them so now they have a record and have no chance of a real career or future. Give me a break, the cops and government have NO care for bettering these girls lives. It's all about making money yet they are so much better than prostitutes.
G Dub June 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The undercover officers might attract more Johns if they're not in 'plain clothes.'
Lauren Holloway June 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Quite appalled to see the direction some of these people have chose to take on this subject! Bottom line is this is about prostitution. Not race, not illegals, or white trash etc. etc.! I sadly AM a resident of Laurel,Md and can spit on Rt.1 from my home. I can look outside on ANY given day and spot @ least 1 hooker waltzing down the Blvd. Its almost the norm. What pisses me off the MOST is the PIGS who drive these streets and honk/wave/wiggle tongues/harass innocent ladies, women, hell, even teens who happen to walk just about ANYWHERE near a road in this area! I'm not exaggerating! As a mother, it especially upsets me that these sickos don't even care that my 8 year old is holding my hand! As just 1 woman of Laurel among MANY, I thank Howard County Police for their efforts in cleaning these streets up, one day, and one creep (whatever color they be) @ a time!
michaelcarrick June 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Ho police don't have a fucking clue
PiNKlove July 01, 2012 at 10:25 AM
who tf fck cares if females want to sale there vaginas let them do what they want if men want to buy let them frankly if the govt taxed prostitutes & legalized mmarijuana & taxed it there would be alot of money coming n the economy my opinon you dnt have to agree but ohwell


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