Ocean City Police Arrest One in Human Trafficking Operation
Ocean City, MD- (August 11, 2022): On August 9, 2022, members of the Ocean City Narcotics/Vice Unit and the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a human trafficking operation in Ocean City, Maryland.
The human trafficking operation targeted females posting ads on various social media websites offering sex for money in the Ocean City area. Utilizing one of the posted ads, detectives were able to arrange a meeting with a female at a downtown hotel. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the female as Brynna Caprise Podest, 23, of Houston, TX, before the meeting. Podest arrived at the hotel and agreed to perform a sexual act for money. Podest was arrested and charged with prostitution, and procure/solicit prostitution. Podest was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and held on a $2,500 bail.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking there are resources and help available. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a toll-free hotline, that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-888-373-7888 to speak with a specially trained Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocate. Support is available in more than 200 languages. You can also visit their website at https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
The Ocean City Police Department is prepared and proactively handling criminal violations and citizen complaints of illegal activity to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. We want to remind citizens that if they see something suspicious, or have concerns about possible criminal activity occurring in Ocean City, reach out to us. We encourage you to call our Tip Line at 410-520-5136, email us at [email protected] or contact the Police Department directly at 410-723-6610.