Hanover, MD

Tactics Used

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

Hanover is a small unincorporated community in Anne Arundel County, MD.  It is located south of Baltimore, along the same highway corridor as other Maryland cities experiencing high levels of prostitution and sex trafficking, such as Jessup and Laurel.  At the Hilton Garden Inn in Hanover, just south of BWI airport, a prostituted woman in 2011 from California was raped by two men who forced their way into her room.  Sex trafficking has also been reported in Hanover and its neighboring communities.

To combat consumer-level demand for commercial sex, the Anne Arundel County Police Department conducted a web-based reverse sting resulting in the arrest of nine johns from three states.  Detectives received calls and text messages from 69 different phone numbers during the operation, and exchanged correspondence with sex buyers discussing prices and scheduling appointments.  After the operation, police continued reviewing the phone numbers in an attempt to identify those who contacted the undercover officer.

Key Partners

  • Anne Arundel County Police Department
State Maryland
Type City
Population 12592
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