A powerful group of reformers refused to let the issue fade from view.
As a result of this and its proximity to other large East Coast cities, Baltimore has one of the highest rates of human trafficking cases in the country.
Women from the neighbourhood arrive in the office each day with their children.
Today, neighbourhoods that are less than 50 percent Black receive almost four times the amount of investment as those where more than 85 percent of the population is Black, according to the Washington DC-based think-tank the Urban Institute.
In the shadows While the majority of prosecuted trafficking cases in Maryland are sex trafficking cases, labour trafficking is also taking place in the shadows.
Several interstate highways cut through the heart of the city, running on the east and west of the Baltimore port.