CHERRY HILL An undercover operation at a Cherry Hill hotel led police to three prostitutes who authorities said were forced by a Trenton man using violence and threats to keep working.
Brian A. Moore, 44, has been charged with human trafficking and promotion of prostitution, police announced Thursday.
The investigation began this month as authorities scoured classified ads online and discovered salacious services offered locally, said Cherry Hill Detective Sgt. Rick Humes.
"There's some pretty explicit ads there," Humes said of one site that advertises adult services. Prostitution, he said, "is pretty widespread throughout New Jersey and other states. We monitor the ads for local addresses."
A Cherry Hill undercover officer called the number listed in one ad and made arrangements to meet with a woman at the Crowne Plaza on Route 70 at Cuthbert Boulevard.
Police allege that about 9:15 p.m. on March 5, Moore brought the woman to the hotel, which borders a residential neighborhood. The woman offered to perform sex in exchange for money. Once she learned it was a sting, she cooperated with police and told them that two other women were being held at the nearby Inn of the Dove on Cuthbert.
All three women, police said, live locally and are in their late 20s to early 30s. No other details about them were released. The woman who met with the undercover officer was charged with prostitution and released.
In a statement, Cherry Hill police said Moore was "forcing them to engage in prostitution activity several times a day by using violence and threatening their lives if they attempted to leave."
Moore remained Thursday in the Camden County Jail with bail set at $250,000, fully in cash. Police seized two vehicles and an undisclosed amount of cash. It was unclear Thursday whether Moore had an attorney.