Maryland State Police arrested a 31-year-old Baltimore City police officer and his 19-year-old wife on Thursday night on prostitution and human trafficking charges.
Taken into police custody were Lamin Manneh, 31, and Marissa Braun, 19, of Baltimore.
After consulting with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney, Manneh was charged with human trafficking and prostitution. Braun was charged with one count of prostitution.
On Thursday, the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit was working a child prostitution/human trafficking operation when they spotted a young-looking female posting on an internet “escort” website.
Members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, working along with Child Recovery Unit, arranged to meet the female in a Baltimore-area hotel where Braun was subsequently identified.
Police quickly learned that Braun had been working for her husband, Manneh.
Police located Manneh in the parking lot of the same hotel. Manneh was interviewed by police and subsequently placed under arrest – at which time officers learned that he was a current member of the Baltimore City Police Department.
Manneh will be suspended without pay and subject to an internal affairs investigation by the Baltimore City Police Department.
Given that he is still in his probationary period with the force, sources say he’s likely to be fired.