Freeport, ME

Tactics Used

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

Freeport is a city of about 7,900 residents, located about 20 miles north of Portland, Maine.  The commercial district along Route 1 and waterfront tourism provide flows of visitors that boost the potential “customer” base for prostitution far beyond the local resident population.  Reverse stings have been used in the city to curtail consumer-level demand.  For example, in May 2015  five men were arrested and charged with engaging a prostitute after an investigation by local police and other law enforcement.  A reverse sting in March 2017 at Route 1 motel led to the arrests of 11 men on charges of soliciting prostitution.  Ten of the men were Maine residents.  Freeport police worked with neighboring police agencies to conduct the sting.  Participating police departments included Yarmouth, South Portland, Gorham, Auburn and Windham, plus the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. The alleged johns were arrested when police determined that there was probable cause to believe they had agreed to exchange money for a sex act with an undercover police officer.  The identities of the arrested buyers were publicly disclosed in both the 2015 and 2017 operations.

 

 

Key Partners

  • Freeport Police Department
  • Yarmouth Police Department
  • South Portland Police Department
  • Gorham Police Department
  • Auburn Police Department
  • Windham Police Department
  • Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department
  • FBI Safe Streets Task Force
State Maine
Type City
Population 7879
Location
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