On Thursday June 25, 2015 the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) with assistance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Maryland Information Center (SMIC) conducted an operation targeting Prostitution and Human Trafficking. During the operation numerous contacts with individuals soliciting prostitution were made. During the course of today’s operation six adult males, who were soliciting sex in exchange for US Currency, were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.
Typically, the encounters between individuals engaged in prostitution are facilitated through the use of cellular phones, web-based classified ads and/or social media sites. The ads are posted by both those who seek prostitutes and those who are seeking clients. Meeting locations vary from parking lots to rooms in local hotels.
An operation of similar type was conducted by CIB in April of 2015 resulting in two arrests of adult males who were charged with Solicitation of Prostitution. CIB continues to monitor the prostitution culture through various investigative methods and assistance from the community. Prostitution offenses often go hand in hand with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as robberies of prostitutes and/or clients soliciting sexual encounters. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office continues to work diligently to eliminate these quality of life crimes, while aggressively combating a Human Trafficking aspect associated with prostitution.
To ensure the success of this operation, approximately 20 law enforcement officers and a multiagency coordinated effort was put together by CIB detectives.
Citizens with information on any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website.
Go to http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line, or call 410-535-2880. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.