APD Media Release 08/08/12
Annapolis Police Investigation Leads to Human Trafficking Charges
Annapolis, MD – August 8, 2012
On Thursday, July 19, 2012, detectives with the Annapolis Police Intelligence Unit charged Freddy Leguisamon, 27, of Takoma Park with numerous charges relating to human trafficking and prostitution. These charges stemmed from an investigation spanning several months.
This investigation began when detectives received information from the community about prostitution activity in the Annapolis area. Investigation revealed that Leguisamon was driving women to various locations in Annapolis for the purposes of prostitution. Since May 2012 three search and seizure warrants were executed related to Leguisamon’s prostitution business. These warrants were on Johnson Place in Annapolis, Loretta Avenue in Anne Arundel County, and Hannon Street in Prince Georges’ County. Annapolis Police detectives received assistance from Maryland MVA, the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Prince Georges’ County Sheriffs Department, Prince Georges County Police Department, and Maryland State Police.
Leguisamon was advertising his business by handing out business cards to prospective clients. He picked up Hispanic women in Prince Georges’ County and delivered them to addresses in the Annapolis area to work as prostitutes. Leguisamon would make deliveries to as many as 20 houses a day, five days a week. Leguisamon’s clients were predominantly Hispanic men.
It was discovered some of the women are in the country illegally and were working as prostitutes to pay off debts owed by themselves or their families.
Leguisamon has been charged with 54 counts of general prostitution, eight counts of receiving compensation from human trafficking, five counts of taking another to a place for the purpose of human trafficking, and four counts of operating a prostitution business. Leguisamon is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $250,000 bond.