Salisbury, 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

Salisbury is a city of approximately 33,000 residents, located in Wicomico County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Prostitution is a well documented problem in the city, and is linked to a wide range of local crimes.  For example, in 2008 a Salisbury man faced assault and related charges in connection with attacks on several local women engaged in prostitution.  In July 2008, detectives were investigating the homicide of a prostituted woman when they became aware of a suspect involved in assaults on several other local prostituted women. Detectives learned that the suspect pushed and hit the women and threatened some of them with a knife.

Salisbury Police have conducted street-level reverse stings to arrest sex buyers since at least 2007, if not earlier. Operations are often conducted in tandem with “traditional” stings targeting prostituted women. All arrestees’ names and other identifying information are disclosed to the public. In December 2017, complaints from citizens and business owners in Wicomico County led to a Maryland State Police investigation that resulted in five arrests for prostitution solicitation. Troopers assigned to the Salisbury Barrack planned, coordinated and conducted a prostitution/solicitation sting in the Wicomico County area. The men were arrested after offering an undercover female state trooper money for sexual intercourse. Each person arrested was charged with solicitation for prostitution. Each has been taken to the Wicomico County Central Booking Center for processing and an initial appearance before a court commissioner. The identities of the five individuals arrested were included in news reports

Key Partners

  • Salisbury Police Department
  • Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Maryland
Type City
Population 32930
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