Cumberland County, ME

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

  • Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yarmouth Police Department
  • Bridgton Police Department
  • Brunswick Police Department
State Maine
Type County
Population 278559
Location
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