Annapolis, MD

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Annapolis is a city of  about 37,000 residents located along the Chesapeake Bay and south of Baltimore in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  It is home to the U.S. Naval Academy.  Prostitution and child sex trafficking are well documented problems in the city, and there has also been at least one prostitution-related homicide (a 2008 case involving a shooting homicide of an alleged pimp dead and wounding of a prostituted women).

To combat consumer-level demand, the city is known to have conducted reverse stings periodically since 1991, and substantial complaints from businesses and residents play a role in police conducting anti-prostitution operations.  City and county law enforcement agencies have conducted both street-level and web-based reverse stings, and have publicized the identities of those arrested.  The most recent operation was a street-level reversal occurring in October 2012, and resulted in the arrest of three sex buyers.  The city also has had neighborhood groups active in collaborating to combat demand, and to have some efforts at public education targeting the buying of sex as the source of prostitution and sex trafficking.

Key Sources

State Maryland
Type City
Population 36603
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