A former Silver Spring man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two girls and tried to flee to Cameroon after his arrest.
SILVER SPRING, MD — A former Silver Spring man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two girls to a motel in College Park in the summer of 2017.
Roland Chick Akum, 25, is a citizen of Cameroon. He was arrested in August 2017 and purchased a one-way ticket from Dulles to Cameroon in September. He was arrested again in October.
According to his plea agreement, Akum transported a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old to the motel. He used Backpage, a website that marketed commercial sex, to advertise the girls, a Department of Justice statement said.
He tried to flee to Cameroon on a flight scheduled on October 12, 2017. Akum was arrested again on October 3, 2017, and remains in custody.
Akum faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release for each count of sex trafficking of a minor. He will be required to register as a sex offender.
Report suspected instances of human trafficking to HSI's tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.