Prince George’s County, MD

Tactics Used

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

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.





Key Partners

  • Prince George’s County Police Department

Key Sources

State Maryland
Type County
Population 881138
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