Black Lives Matter activist Charles Wade, who was profiled by the Washington Post and invited to the White House, has been charged with human trafficking a 17-year-old girl.
Wade was arrested last month at a motel where he lived in College Park, MD, according to The Daily Caller.
A police report obtained by TheDC stated that an undercover officer with the vice intelligence unit went to the Howard Johnson Inn after responding to an ad on Backpage.com that read, “Holla at me. Quick stay specials tonight and tomorrow. Independent. Fun and sexy. Text me to set up an appointment???????”
When the undercover officer arrived, a white female wearing only a towel answered the door and let him in. “Members of the Vice Intelligence Unit described a male that was watching the Undercover Detective as he entered [room 412],” the report reads. Soon after both the girl and Wade were arrested.
TheDC also reports that the girl, who gave her age as 17 to investigators said that Wade was her “manager,” and she provided all of the money she was paid to Wade. She also said that Wade knew of her age and told her “you only have 5 months left until you’re 18 so I’m not worried.”
In total, Wade was charged with seven counts, including the felonies for human trafficking. The room was rented by Wade using his passport, yet he is denying the charges. He is claiming that he was paying for the room as part of his charity, Operation Help or Hush, which provides food and resources to activists.
In addition to his invitation to the White House with other Black Lives Matter activists, Wade has been covered multiple times the Washington Post, Fusion, and he is listed as #40 on The Root’s Top 100 Most Influential list.
The DC also uncovered that Wade was also arrested in January in Miami for 3rd degree grand theft and for making false statements in Texas in August 2014.