BALTIMORE, Md. — A man in Baltimore, Maryland, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for trafficking at least three women, officials say.
Ryan Odell Oliver, 40, also known as “Dre”, “Fame” and “Foreign”, was sentenced Monday by a U.S. district judge to 15 years in federal prison which will be followed by 15 years of supervised release for sex trafficking at least three victims, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office District of Maryland.
According to Oliver’s guilty plea, in Dec. 2018, victim 1 tested a non-profit sex trafficking prevention agency and told them that she was forced into prostitution and was being held against her will by Oliver, according to the United States Attorney’s Office District of Maryland. An undercover detective with the Alexandria, Virginia police department followed up with the report, made a commercial sex date with victim 1. Once victim 1 was located, Oliver was also there at the sex date location. He fled before he could be taken into custody. That is where victim 2 was also found.
The United States Attorney’s Office District of Maryland said that during the investigation, law enforcement spoke with three women whom Oliver was trafficking or trying to traffic. Victims 1 and 2 both said they tried to leave but Oliver would not let them.
Both victims told law enforcement that Oliver had trafficked victim 1 and a third woman for his prostitution business, according to WJZ-TV. He was also trying to sex-traffic victim 2.
Oliver reportedly advertised all three victims online for commercial sex dates, according to WJZ-TV. Oliver kept all the money that the victims made. He also arranged for a tattoo artist to get two of his nicknames tattooed on one of his victims.
Oliver also supplied victim 3 with heroin, the United States Attorney’s Office District of Maryland said.
Oliver was arrested on Jan. 11, 2019. A search warrant was executed at his house, according to the United States Attorney’s Office District of Maryland. Three cellphones, a hand-held recorder, laptop, ledger, a firearm and ammunition was found. Authoirties also found images of victims 1 and 3 on Oliver’s phone.
Homeland Security Investigations in a statement Tuesday that they led the investigative efforts in the case with help from state and local law enforcement.
HSI said that victim 1 would get a daily quote for commercial sex dates and refused to provide if she did not meet the quotes. Oliver was also known to use violence against victim 1 if she did something wrong, telling her that she was his property.
Oliver met victim 2 on social media in Dec. 2018. He reportedly paid for a car to drive her from Pennsylvania to his house in Baltimore, according to HSI. He forced her to have sex with him and choked her if she did not comply. One of his conspirators who is now dead, took her to a hotel and forced her to watch another trafficking victim on a sex date and warned her to not escape because Oliver would find her.
“HSI Baltimore will not allow sex traffickers like Mr. Oliver to operate freely in the state of Maryland or the Washington D.C. metropolitan area,” said Special Agent in Charge James C Harris of HSI Baltimore. " The severity of this sentence reflects the tremendous damage that he did at least three young women. HSI Baltimore and our law enforcement partners will continue our efforts to ensure that predators like Mr. Oliver will be held accountable for their actions.”
No further information has been released.
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