Elkridge is a census-designated place of approximately 22,000 residents, located in Howard County, Maryland. The community borders Baltimore–Washington International Airport. The Route 1 corridor is one of the main problem areas in Elkridge, and other cities along the route (e.g., Linthicum, Jessup, Laurel) have also reported substantial prostitution and sex trafficking activity. For example, in November 2017, two Baltimore men were arrested in a drug and human trafficking case at an Elkridge motel, and charged with offenses including human trafficking, prostitution, drug distribution, firearm violations, and drug distribution. Two patrol officers saw one suspect walking from a motel and allegedly reaching for a knife when the officers engaged him in conversation. Officers learned the man had set up a prostitution appointment at the motel in exchange for drugs. Officers found a 21-year-old woman engaging in prostitution at the motel. They believed the suspect rented the room and arranged prostitution appointments for the woman, while taking her money and trading sex with her for drugs.
To combat prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, local law enforcement agencies have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which provides the revenue stream driving all commercial sex and trafficking. To identify and apprehend local sex buyers, Howard County police have conducted street-level reverse stings. For example, in June 2006, the Howard County Police Department launched a month-long sting operation in response to community complaints about prostitution. The sting resulted in the arrest of 17 johns, and 8 women.
In August, 2019, a web-based operation produced the arrest of three sex buyers. Howard County police posting fake ads on websites used for prostitution, and when people responded and offered money in exchange for sex, made arrests. Investigators made the arrests at a hotel in the 6700 block of Dorsey Road in Elkridge. The men were charged with solicitation of prostitution and disorderly conduct, and their photos and names released to the public.
- Howard County Police Department
Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Howard Operation Nets Prostitution and Drug Arrests”, Baltimore Sun, July 22 2006.
- “Crime Watch”, Baltimore Sun, September 6 2006.
Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming:
- https://www.wbal.com/article/406162/124/police-arrest-three-men-in-undercover-prostutution-sting (2019)
Sex Trafficking and Prostitution in the Area:
- “Craig Anderson, Gary Maddox and Amina Philip Charged in Human Trafficking Case”, CBS/WUSA-TV 9, October 8 2013.
- “Howard Co. Police Charge Three with Human Trafficking”, Baltimore Sun, October 8 2013.
- “Three Charged with Human Trafficking in Howard County”, Elkridge Patch, October 8 2013.
- https://patch.com/maryland/elkridge/police-arrest-four-women-in-prostitution-sting (2013)
- “Watson Proposes Human Trafficking Task Force”, Elkridge Patch, January 9 2014.
- “Man Arrested in Elkridge on Human Trafficking Charges”, Baltimore Sun, January 30 2014.
- “Police Arrest Man for Human Trafficking”, CBS/WUSA-TV 9, January 30 2014.
- https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/2-baltimore-men-accused-in-human-trafficking-at-elkridge-motel (2017)
- https://www.wmar2news.com/news/crime-checker/howard-county-crime/two-men-arrested-for-drug-and-human-trafficking-in-elkridge (2017)
- https://patch.com/maryland/columbia/11-charged-prostitution-sting-columbia (2018)