Authorities arrested a Mays Landing man last week who was holding women captive and forcing them into prostitution, the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office said Sunday.

El Joshua, 36, trafficked three adult women out of his Pearce Road home and used violence to make them engage in prostitution and domestic servitude, the Prosecutors Office said.

He supplied the women with heroin and used coercion to get them to perform sexual acts, officials said.

One woman escaped through a window of the house and alerted authorities to the human trafficking operation Joshua was running, officials said.

Joshua was charged with five counts of human trafficking, two counts of criminal restraint and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

He is being held in the Atlantic County jail. A detention hearing will be held Wednesday.

The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force assisted the Hamilton Township Police Department in its two-month investigation into Joshua.

“Whether through prostitution or other forms of forced labor, such as restaurants and nail salons, we as a community must recognize the signs and report suspected incidents to law enforcement immediately,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner in a statement.

Contact: 609-272-7258 Twitter @AvalonZoppo

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Soon we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account.

Load comments