Brynna Caprise Podest

Brynna Caprise Podest

(Aug. 11, 2022): A 23-year-old woman from Houston, Texas was arrested for prostitution in Ocean City on Tuesday during a human trafficking operation conducted by Ocean City Police that day.

According to a press release from the department, members of the Narcotics and Vice Unit, along with the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team conducted the operation, which targeted woman posting ads on social media platforms, offering sex in exchange for money.

Detectives replied to one of the posted ads and were able to arrange a meeting with a woman, later identified as Brynna Caprise Podest, at a downtown hotel.

When Podest arrived at the hotel, police said, she agreed to perform a sexual act for money before being placed under arrest and charged with prostitution and soliciting prostitution.

After her arrest, Podest was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and held on $2,500 bail.

Police advised that if you or someone you know if a victim of human trafficking, there are several resources available to help.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline, 1-888-373-7888, is a toll-free hotline that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When called, the person will be connected to a specially trained anti-trafficking hotline advocate. Police said the service is available in over 200 languages. For more information, visit 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 atcrimetips@oceancitymd.gov or contact the Police Department directly at 410-723-6610.

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