Belcamp, MD

Tactics Used

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

Belcamp, sometimes referred to as “Riverside,” is a census-designated place of approximately 6,000 residents, located near Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland.

In late June 2014, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office conducted a street-level reverse sting along a portion of Riverside Parkway in Belcamp that contains several hotels and motels. The operation employed undercover female deputies, who posed as prostituted women. Three sex buyers were arrested as a result; each of the men’s names, ages, and addresses were publicized in local media outlets. When asked about the operation, a HCSO spokesperson asserted that the sting “was a proactive attempt to counter illegal prostitution and related criminal activity and gather intelligence concerning the growing problem of human sex trade trafficking,” and reported that the HCSCO conducts such operations “two to four times a year.”

Key Partners

  • Harford County Sheriff’s Office
State Maryland
Type City
Population 6128
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