Mount Rainier, MD

Tactics Used

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

Mount Rainier is a suburb of Washington, DC, located near Takoma Park and Hyattsville, Maryland. Prostitution is a well-documented problem in the city.  Complaints about prostitution from business owners and residents have led to several efforts by the City Council and local police to address the problem. These measures include posting two signs in 2009 at the request of the City Council that read, “City of Mount Rainier has a zero tolerance for prostitution. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and names posted in the news media.” The signs were removed in October 2012 due to businesses feeling they were unnecessary and that they conveyed a negative impression of the community.

Past efforts focused on demand include a joint prostitution detail in November 2010 conducted by officers from the Mount Rainier Police Department and detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Narcotics Enforcement Division. The operation resulted in the arrest of seven men for soliciting prostitution.

In the spring and summer of 2011, Mount Rainier and Prince George’s County Police conducted four reverse stings on Rhode Island Avenue. The operations yielded 43 arrests, mostly johns plus “a handful” of prostituted women. It does not appear that Mount Rainier police publicize the identities of arrestees.


Key Partners

  • Mount Rainier Police Department
  • Prince George’s County Police Department
State Maryland
Type City
Population 8448
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