Black Lives Matter leader Charles Wade has been arrested and charged with human trafficking and prostitution.
Wade has been a Black Lives Matter organizer, as well as co-founder of Operation Help or Hush.
The Daily Caller reports:
A Black Lives Matter activist who operates a social justice charity was arrested last month on charges of sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl. Charles Wade co-founded Operation Help or Hush in the aftermath of the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The group claims it helps raise funds for the needy and provide food and shelter for activists.
But according to a police report obtained by TheDC, the 33-year-old Wade was raising money in more explicit ways. He was arrested on April 25 at a motel where he resided in College Park, Md. Police say he was using the motel room to pimp a 17-year-old girl.
He’s charged with seven counts, including felonies for human trafficking. The charges carry sentences of up to 25 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Wade posted $25,000 bond and left jail on April 27.
The Washington Times adds:
Mr. Wade said she told him she was 20 years old. He said he was arrested because he signed for, provided identification for, and paid for the room, but said she acted alone in conducting illegal business there. He said she was also arrested for solicitation and prostitution.
“Her family said she has a history of running away and doing this. I didn’t know. I am not pimp. Never have been,” Mr. Wadetweeted Wednesday.
His statement posted on Twitter blamed conservative “trolls” for attempting to smear him with the story of his arrest.
“For the past two to three days, ‘trolls’ have been actively baiting conservative news outlets to report on my arrest, amongst other vindictive things that they are actively working on,” he wrote. “I am confident that I will be cleared of the charges I am currently facing.”
Back in February 2015, The Washington Post reported that just seven months prior to the article, he was “adjusting scarves and trimming hems for Hollywood stars.”
Wade has been an “image consultant” to Solange Knowles, Beyonce‘s sister, but at the time had moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Following the Michael Brown shooting, Wade began raising money on Twitter to provide food and housing for protesters. In fact, he raised $25,000 in one week and later stood outside a local business handing out $20 bills.