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A prominent Black Lives Matter activist, who once appeared before the United Nations, was arrested for pimping a 17-year-old girl.
Charles Wade, who co-founded a social justice charity called Operation Help or Hush following the August, 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was arrested last month at a College Park, Maryland motel.
He was subsequently charged with seven counts, including prostitution and felony counts of human trafficking, the Daily Caller reported. He was able to bail himself out on April 27, two days after his arrest, by posting a $25,000 bond.
Formerly a stylist for Solange Knowles, the sister of Beyonce, Wade has been featured in numerous news articles about the Black Lives Matter movement. He was also invited by the White House earlier this week to a movie screening with other Black Lives Matter activists. Wade says he did not attend the function, which was on Tuesday.
According to a statement, which he posted on Twitter three weeks after his arrest, he thought the girl was 20 and he was only trying to help her find a place to live.
My statement. -CW pic.twitter.com/4sJocfmRvA
— He/Him/His (@akacharleswade) May 18, 2016
In November of 2014, Wade traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to speak before the United Nations on the subject of police brutality, or, as he put it on an Instagram post, “to slap these Ferguson pigs with war crimes and torture charges.”
If I’m telling you the truth .. yes I am very nervous .Next week we go to the U.N. To slap these Ferguson pigs with war crime charges and torture charges. Shoutout to Justin Hansford for having so much trust in me . Shoutout to Autumn for thugging it out all day with me. Peace to the Brown family for being the strongest people alive at the moment. God Bless their conquest for justice . Next week we testify in front of the U.N. Via Geneva .May the universe bless our efforts .Watch these young black men and women organize . Anything is possible!!!
A photo posted by Tef Poe (@tef_poe) on
This was the result of that meeting — raised fists, Black Panthers style.
“@akacharleswade: “@ChristinaKSDK: This is going on, right now at the U.N. Committee session pic.twitter.com/QGEsfDGfOS”” Proud of them
— Tené (@ReLearningMe) November 13, 2014
He was voted number 40 of Root’s 100 most influential African-Americans for 2015. Others who appeared on that list included LeBron James and Serena Williams.
It looks as though his chances of making that list in the future are somewhere between slim and none..
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