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Havre de Grace, is a city in Harford County, Maryland, situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. Its population is roughly 14,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems within the county. Among the more serious crimes associated to the county’s commercial sex market include child sex trafficking. In Havre de Grace, prostitution activity has been reported for at least 100 years when prostitution, bootleggers and underground casinos flourished during the Prohibition years and the town earned a reputation as a “Little Chicago”.
Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. A law enforcement respondent to the 2021 National Assessment Survey reported that since 2005, public education has been conducted in Havre de Grace, specifically focused on the demand side of prostitution and sex trafficking (i.e., sex buyers).
- Havre De Grace Police Department
- Harford County Sheriff’s Office
National Assessment Survey – 2021
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:
Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Within Harford County:
- “Aberdeen Police Zero in on Men who Talk to Prostitutes”, Baltimore Sun, March 18 1982.
- “Aberdeen Seeks Laws to Fight Prostitution”, Baltimore Sun, January 23 1983.
- “Crime Cleanup Campaign Pays Off for Aberdeen”, Baltimore Sun, March 4 1984.
- “Three Charged in Internet Prostitution Sting in Aberdeen; One Facing a Count of Human Trafficking”, Baltimore Sun, November 25 2013.
- http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/prostitution-arrests (2018)