ELKRIDGE, Md. (WJZ) — A man is behind bars after running a prostitution ring out of an Elkridge motel.

Police arrested Phillip Simmons at the Terrace Motel in the 6200-block of Washington Boulevard.

They say the 37-year-old was forcing women to perform sex acts in several states, posting ads on the website Backpage.com to solicit customers.

Simmons faces three counts of human trafficking and operating a prostitution business.

He is being held on $25,000 bond.

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