Indianola man accused of trying to establish commercial sex operation in TuscaloosaBy BY STEPHANIE TAYLOR -TUSCALOOSA NEWS,
A Mississippi man arrested Tuesday was attempting to establish a commercial sex operation in Tuscaloosa, authorities said Wednesday.
Officers with the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an undercover operation Wednesday before charging Torian Bryson Brown of Indianola, Mississippi.
“He was trying to establish a commercial sex operation in Tuscaloosa and we were able to thward that operation before he ever got started,” said Lt. Darren Beams, the task force commander.
Brown, 37, was charged with second-degree promoting prostitution and unrelated identity theft charges. He could face more charges, Beams said.
A woman contacted police Monday after communicating with Brown online, Beams said. Brown was contacting women who had placed ads for commercial sex to recruit them for his operation, Beams said.
“He scared her by some of the things that he said, so she contacted us and we took it from there,” Beams said. “We have a victim-centered approach and she trusted us enough to contact us.”
The undercover officers arrested Brown on Tuesday at a hotel in the 3600 block of McFarland Boulevard. The officers helped a woman who has been traveling with Brown, Beams said.
Police also recovered evidence that Brown was illegally using credit card information of eight people from several states, including California and Wisconsin. Officers had contacted two victims as of Wednesday who had reported illegal credit card activity. Those victims are unrelated to the suspected sex operation, Beams said.