Las Vegas man arrested at airport hotel for human trafficking

June 26, 2014 

Aaron Hugh Roderich

CORRECTION: Aaron's name was originally listed backwards due to incorrect information provided to the Statesman.

Roderich Hugh Aaron, 32, was taken into custody after Boise police were notified Wednesday morning that prostitution was taking place inside several rooms at the hotel in the 2600 block of West Airport Way.

The tipster told police it appeared that force and coercion were being used against the women serving as prostitutes.

Officers questioned several people and eventually obtained a warrant to search the rooms. Investigators found evidence of prostitution and evidence that Aaron had coerced the women and threatened them, according to a report from the Boise Police Department.

Aaron was taken to the Ada County Jail, where he was charged with human trafficking, interstate trafficking and prostitution, procurement of prostitution and detention for prostitution.

"We know that it is not uncommon for people to be forced , manipulated and coerced into life as a prostitute. Instead of criminals, these people may actually be victims of crimes, as we believe they are in this case,” Sgt, Mark Barnett said in a written statement.

Barnett urged people to contact police if they witness this kind of activity taking place. There are many reasons that the women involved, who police see as victims, often will not come forward, he said.

Officers have offered support services, including safe shelter, to the women involved in this case.

Aaron was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Ada County 4th District Court.

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