Cumberland County, PA

Tactics Used

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

Cumberland County is located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and contains a population of about 235,000. The county is known to have been on regional sex trafficking circuits since the 1980s, if not before, and local prostitution has been a persistent problem, particularly along interstate trucking routes.  The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has combated prostitution with reverse stings, shaming, and arresting suspects of prostitution rings. Many arrests are made at places known for prostitution.

In July, 2020 a man admitted in court to committing the crime of purchasing prostitution, but was granted immunity and was not charged. The man testified that he paid $300 for sex on at least two occasions, and that the woman stole $20,000 that he kept in a drawer. He then provided a written statement about what happened to the Upper Allen Township Police Department.The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office later gave him immunity, but the woman was charged with theft and prostitution, with law enforcement publicizing her arrest and posting her mugshot online.

Key Partners

  • Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cumberland County Common Pleas Court
  • Lower Allen Police Department


State Pennsylvania
Type County
Population 232483
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