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Edgewood is a community of about 25,000 residents in Harford County in northeast Maryland. Problems associated with commercial sex in the area are well-documented and include child sex trafficking. To identify and apprehend local sex buyers driving the prostitution and sex trafficking markets, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and municipal police have conducted street-level reverse stings, some in response to community complaints. Police release the names of arrestees to the local media. For example, in September 2016 a web-based reverse sting was conducted by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Police placed an ad on Backpage.com; suspects contacted an undercover female deputy to arrange a date, and when they arrived and offered money to the female at the hotel, the men were arrested. Six men were charged with soliciting prostitution, while one woman was taken into custody for prostituting. The detail took place at hotels in Edgewood and Aberdeen where the suspects had arranged to meet a woman who later turned out to be an undercover deputy. The identities of the buyers were publicly released.
- Harford County Sheriff’s Office
Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- https://patch.com//prostitution-sting-lands-havre-de-grace-man-jail-harford-sheriff (2016)
- https://patch.com/maryland/2-bel-air-men-charged-prostitution-detail (2016)
- http://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/six-men-one-woman-arrested-in-prostitution-investigation-in-harford-county (2016)
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:
- “Three Charged in Internet Prostitution Sting in Aberdeen; One Facing a Count of Human Trafficking”, Baltimore Sun, November 25 2013.
- http://www.daggerpress.com/disorderly-conduct-call-at-edgewood-motel-yields-drugs-guns-cash/ (2015)
- http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/prostitution-arrests (2018)
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