Police make two raids in sex trafficking investigation

SYDNEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There has been a lot of attention given to human trafficking and the sex trade in Maine lately. A two-day conference on the subject got underway on the Pineland Campus yesterday. While that was happening, police raided two separate locations in the Augusta area and charged three people with sex trafficking.

After an investigation launched last fall, police raided a house on a quiet stretch of Route 104 in Sydney.

That's where they charged Fred Horne Sr. and his son, Fred Horne Jr. They are accused of operating a prostitution business called "Adam and Eve" escort service.

"There was definitely some people coming to the house. The house was used for sex trafficking, that we feel confident in saying. We also know that he did have out call services that are provided as well", said Lt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police.

We spoke with Fred Horne Sr. who said he wasn't quite ready to do an interview because hasn't spoken to his attorney yet. He would neither confirm or deny that prostitution was going on there, but he did say he allowed women to use the rooms in his home.

"There are bedrooms with no personal belongings that are there simply set up for one purpose. Just a bed in the room", said District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

Several towns away in Litchfield, police simultaneously raided a mobile home and charged Gretchen Patrick of also running a prostitution business known as "Sarah's Place".

For now the Hornes and Patrick are facing just one count each of sex trafficking.


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