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Four unnamed women who allege they were forced into prostitution at a Maryland hotel have brought separate suits against the hotel where events took place . The plaintiffs maintain that the staff of America’s Best Value Inn either knew or should have known that human trafficking was occurring on the premises.
This is among the first suits where money damages for human trafficking are being sought by victims from a “deep pocket” third party not directly involved with the trafficking.
The suit alleges the hotel failed to keep its premises safe.
The owner disputes this, saying that staff noticed nothing suspicious. After the prostitution ring was uncovered, hotel procedure was though changed. Rooms are now cleaned after three days, whether there is a “Do Not Disturb” sign in place or not.
The women’s story is chilling. As they describe it, the four were kidnapped; injected with heroin; then forced to engage in sex for money with men brought to the hotel. All proceeds went to Cornelius Briddell, the head of the trafficking operation.
The women were rescued after one of the victims managed to message her boyfriend on Facebook. Briddell was convicted in 2015, and sentenced to 145 years in prison. The judge characterized his actions as barbaric.
Claiming to be a man of God, Briddell actually made a show of “forgiving” his victims. Continue reading