HSI Baltimore apprehends 2 alleged gang members, accomplice, breaks up suspected sex trafficking enterprise
BALTIMORE - Special Agents from the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore field office recently arrested several individuals suspected of running a sex trafficking enterprise. HSI Baltimore’s Special Agent in Charge, James C. Harris III, reported the arrest of Marlon Pitts, aka “Cali”, a resident of Capital Heights, Maryland, on Aug. 11, as well as the arrests of Maurice Monroe, aka “Moeazy”, a resident of Washington, D.C., and Alexander Stevens III, aka “Cas”, a resident of Accokeek, Maryland, on Sept. 7. Harris reported the suspects were arrested and charged with the use of interstate facilities in the aid of a racketeering enterprise for their involvement and control of the “Triple X Party Kings”, a suspected Maryland-based sex-trafficking enterprise. Pitts has additionally been charged with sex trafficking of a minor and transporting an individual to engage in prostitution.
Pitts and Monroe are both suspected members of the notorious Crips street gang, and Stevens is a paraeducator in Prince George’s County.
The trio allegedly used the enterprise to promote, solicit, entice, coerce, and persuade adult and minor females to work for them as commercial sex workers. They allegedly recruited many of their victims through social media sites and through a network of previously recruited females.
Enterprise members and associates allegedly cooperated with one another to promote the commercial sex activities of the enterprise, primarily in and around Charles County, Maryland, Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Pitts, Monroe, and Stevens allegedly advertised commercial sex parties at houses, motels, and a “studio.”
Allegedly, members of the enterprise acting as pimps encouraged adult and minor females working for them to have sex with clients for money inside of “VIP” rooms, and then required the females to provide a portion of the money earned to a member of the enterprise.
For years, Pitts, Monroe, and Stevens, have allegedly been responsible for various crimes related to the sex trafficking of numerous females.
HSI Baltimore worked with several federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in the investigation and apprehension of the trio.
Harris would like to thank for following agencies for their tireless support during this investigation: the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, the Howard County Police Department, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Virginia State Police.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 6,800 special agents assigned to 225 cities throughout the United States, and 86 overseas locations in 55 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.