A Frederick County grand jury indicted a man on Friday accused of trafficking a missing Maryland girl for prostitution, according to Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith.
Abiathar Abraham Vance, 39, of Washington, D.C., was arrested Dec. 30. at a restaurant in Frederick, Virginia after police received a tip that he was seen with the missing 16-year-old at a hotel. Police believe he forced her into prostitution after she was reported missing in early October, according to the Frederick News-Post on Friday.
The girl told police that Vance had enticed her to engage in sex work.
She was subsequently given a medical evaluation and released to her parents, according to the Frederick Police Department.
Vance was indicted Friday on seven counts of human trafficking and one count each of conspiracy to human traffic and prostitution business, according to a statement from Smith’s office.
Frederick County District Judge Dino E. Flores Jr. ordered Vance held without bail at a hearing in January.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
This story is just one of many examples of how human trafficking victims are often identified as troubled kids; in this case, the girl was a runaway. It was pointed out in other reports that she had not been kidnapped by Vance. He tricked her into becoming a prostitute.
Another item of note is the fact that according to his Facebook page, Vance was an Uber driver.