An Alexandria Police officer went undercover to assist in the arrest of a Baltimore man, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday (Nov. 28) for sex trafficking three women in the D.C. area.
Ryan Odell Oliver, 40, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release. He was arrested in Baltimore in January 2019, and admitted to forcing women against their will into prostitution.
The month before, in December 2018, one of the victims reported that she was being held against her will by Oliver. She left a message with a non-profit sex trafficking prevention agency, and an undercover Alexandria Police Department detective followed up on the report and made a date with the woman.
“An Alexandria, Virginia Police Department undercover detective followed up on the report and made a commercial sex date with Victim 1 in order to find her,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release. “Officers located Victim 1 at the location given for the sex date. Oliver was also at the location, but fled before he could be arrested. A second female (Victim 2) was also found at that location.”
Oliver sexually assaulted two of his victims, had his nicknames “Fame” and “Foreign” tattooed on one and provided another with drugs, including heroin.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris and Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrison.
“Oliver advertised all three victims online for commercial sex dates and kept all of the money made by his victims on their commercial sex dates,” DOJ said.
Report suspected instances of human trafficking to the Homeland Security Investigations tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or on its online tip form.
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