Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a 22-year-old fugitive accused of trafficking at least two women and possibly others from out of state to Baton Rouge, allegedly forcing them into prostitution

Investigators first learned of Emmanuel Bailey’s operation in March when an authorities arrested a woman for prostitution at a hotel, only to learn she had been brought to Louisiana by Bailey, according to his arrest warrant.

The woman said Bailey forced her and another woman into prostitution the week before in Kansas using Backpage.com, a claim detectives verified by finding her ads on the website, the warrant says.

“The victim stated that she was afraid to leave … due to him (Bailey) knowing where her family lives and that her family’s home has been hit numerous times by gunfire by an unknown person whom she believes is affiliated with the defendant,” the State Police investigator wrote in the warrant.

After learning of the trafficking, investigators found a car in the hotel parking lot with a 17-year-old girl they suspect is also a victim and a woman identified as “JT” who they suspect is Bailey’s recruiter.

Bailey, 2305 N. 29th St., Fort Smith, Arkansas, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of human trafficking.

Authorities book 2 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Anthony Ferrer, 22, 3852 Southpass Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Devin Hinkles, 22, 4600 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, helmet required, reckless operation and license plate required.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.