Old Orchard Beach, ME

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

Old Orchard Beach is a town and census-designated place in York County, Maine, on the state’s southeast Atlantic coast. The town is part of the PortlandSouth Portland−Biddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area, and its population is approximately  9,000.  Prostitution and sex trafficking have a documented presence in the city and surrounding areas.  For example, an Old Orchard Beach massage parlor is shut down after suspected “criminal activity” happening inside the premises. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offered language translation services for female Asian employees who worked there. Old Orchard Beach Police Captain said that the business first entered his view back in 2018 due to code violations. More recently, police had received tips from people living nearby about possible illegal activities happening inside the massage parlor. The department began conducting surveillance on the business and then led to a search warrant being executed. They found numerous building code and fire violations in addition to the original scope of the search warrant, which prompted them to shut down the business. Multiple local sex trafficking victims have been served in trafficking victim support programs.  In September, 2004, the body of a woman known to have been prostituted in Worcester, MA was found stuffed in a garbage can in woods near York, Maine.

Consumer-level demand reduction tactics have been used in the city.  For example, in December, 2012, the Old Orchard Beach Police Department arrested a man and charged him with “engaging a prostitute” after he phoned police to complain that the woman stopped 10 minutes short of the time they had agreed upon for the transaction. After the call, investigators began working on the case and were able to located the woman via backpage.com, and arrested her for prostitution. The man was also investigated for other possible incidents of engaging prostitutes. His identity was included in news reports. The man was named on the websites National Blacklist and Bad Boy Client List as someone who has prompted complaints from those providing prostitution.  Among the complaints against the man were lack of payment.  The sites serve as databases for “providers” to share information about sex buyers. The investigation also led to the arrests of two alleged prostituted women.

Key Partners

  • Old Orchard Beach Police Department

Key Sources

Arrest of Sex Buyer, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution, Sex Trafficking in the Area:

State Maine
Type City
Population 8960
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