Largo, MD

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Largo is an unincorporated area and census-designated place in Prince George’s County, Maryland, with a population of about 12,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking throughout the county are well documented.  For example, in July 2013, state, local and FBI law enforcement officers participated in a coordinated child sex trafficking operation that resulted in the arrest of three suspected pimps/traffickers.  The Baltimore FBI spokesman said that the three operated in Prince George’s County. The Prince George’s County Police Department provides support for reverse stings to communities within the county.  For example, in 2012, the PGPD conducted a reverse sting in the city of College Park, but also stated that the department conducts reversals throughout the county.  In late April 2014, the PGPD announced it would “live Tweet” during future reverse sting operations, focusing on revealing the identities of newly arrested sex buyers from the moment they are taken into custody.

To combat consumer-level demand for prostitution, at least one web-based reverse sting has been conducted in Largo.  In October, 2021, an assistant coach for the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team was arrested after he had arranged to meet with an “anonymous online contact” to purchase sex in exchange for $80.  He was arrested when he arrived at the hotel at the agreed upon time and hotel, and handed the undercover officer $80.  In January, 2022 the Terrapins announced a 30-day suspension for the sex buyer.

Key Partners

  • Prince George’s County Police Department
  • Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office


Key Sources

Web Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:

State Maryland
Type City
Population 11633
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