Cumberland County is located in southern Maine and contains the state’s largest city – Portland. Cases of sex trafficking and other problems associated with commercials sex have been documented, including a 2014 case in which a woman was forced to sell sex in several Maine counties, and fled when she learned her traffickers in Maine had been offered $30,000 by traffickers in New York to buy her. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has used craigslist and backpage.com to stage web-based prostitution stings, including one netting 11 men and women for prostitution or for soliciting prostituted women. The names, photos, and identifiers of those arrested were released to the media.
- Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
- Yarmouth Police Department
- Bridgton Police Department
- Brunswick Police Department
- Reverse stings:
- Background on local prostitution and sex trafficking: