The accused are identified as Lamin Manneh, 31, and Marissa Braun, 19, both of the 2400 block of Marbourne Avenue in Baltimore. After consultation with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney, Manneh was charged with human trafficking and prostitution. Braun was charged with one count of prostitution. Both individuals were processed at the Glen Burnie Barrack and transported to the District Court Commissioner in Glen Burnie for an initial appearance.
Yesterday, the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit was working their normal pro-active child prostitution/human trafficking operation. They located a young looking female posting on an internet “escort” website.
Members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, working in conjunction with the Child Recovery Unit, arranged to meet the female in a Linthicum hotel where Braun was subsequently identified. After Braun was in police custody, it was revealed she had been working for her alleged husband, Manneh. Police located Manneh in the parking lot of the same hotel. Manneh was interviewed by police and subsequently placed under arrest.
During the initial encounter with Manneh, police learned 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.
The Child Recovery Unit working this operation is comprised of Maryland State Police, an FBI Special Agent and a Baltimore County Detective. Troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack also assisted at the scene.
The Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit works in conjunction with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. The Child Exploitation Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to identify and locate child victims of Human Trafficking. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and non governmental agencies to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force works to educate law enforcement and the public to recognize the signs of human trafficking violations.