Prince George’s County occupies the suburban Washington, DC portion of Maryland, and contains the cities of College Park, Oxon Hill, and South Laurel. Prostitution and child sex trafficking within the county are well documented. In July 2013, state, local and FBI law enforcement officers participated in a coordinated child prostitution bust resulted in the arrest of three suspected pimps/traffickers. Baltimore FBI spokesman Rich Wolf said 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. A reverse sting was conducted in May 2014, but no arrests were made. It is the only reverse sting operation we have encountered nationwide over the past 50 years that has resulted in no reported arrests.
- Prince George’s County Police Department
- Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- “Message to Our Community about Upcoming Prostitution Sting”, PGPD News, May 1 2014.
- “PGPD to Live Tweet Prostitution Sting”, PGPD News, May 1 2014.
- “Police Department that Plans to Live Tweet Prostitution Sting Explains Why”, Huffington Post, May 2 2014.
- “Maryland Police Department Plans to Live Tweet Prostitution Sting and Post Pictures of Men They Arrest Online”, Daily Mail (U.K.), May 3 2014.
- “Police Department Will Actually Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting Next Week”, The Blaze, May 3 2014.
- “Media Advisory: Advance Notice of Johns Sting Successfully Serves as Deterrent”, PGPD News, May 6 2014.
- “Prince George’s Police Opt Not to Live Tweet Prostitution Sting, Make Zero Arrests”, CBS/WNEW-FM 99.1, May 6 2014.
- “Pr. George’s Prostitution Sting Happened Today without Arrests or Live Tweets”, Washington Post, May 6 2014.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Woman, 19, Allegedly Forced into Prostitution; Abduction Suspect Arrested at Garden Inn in Laurel”, Annapolis Capital Gazette, June 11 2010.
- “Takoma Park Man Charged with Running Prostitution Ring in Annapolis”, Annapolis Capital Gazette, August 8 2012.
- “Prince George’s ‘Pimps’ Swept Up in Nationwide Raid Aimed at Underage Prostitution”, D.C. Crime Stories, July 29 2013.
- “Police: 16-Year-Old Girl Held as Sex Slave in Md.”, CBS/WUSA-TV 9, June 27 2014.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Prince George’s County Police Arrest 81 in College Park Prostitution Stings”, University of Maryland’s Diamondback, August 2 2012.
- “Police Arrest 30+ in College Park Hotels Prostitution Sting”, CBS/WNEW-FM 99.1, August 3 2012.
- “Dark World of Prostitution Turns to the Day”, Washington Post, December 17 2012.
- “Prostitution Led by Growth of Area Gambling, Police Say”, ABC/WJLA-TV 7, April 26 2013.
- “Pr. George’s Council Bill Would Ban Hotels’ Hourly Rates to Discourage Sex Trafficking”, Washington Post, September 23 2014.