Thirteen Arrested In Prostitution Sting

Howard County law enforcement officers conducted a sting at a hotel in Jessup last month, leading to the arrest of 13 men, all charged with prostitution-related offenses. A spokesperson said the sting involved the placement of a fake ad on the website Backpage, which is a popular website for men seeking prostitutes. As men called in, they were allowed to talk to undercover female officers, who arranged a meeting at the hotel. When the men arrived at the room, they were placed under arrest.

According to police, it’s part of an ongoing program designed to end human trafficking in Howard County. A similar undercover effort nabbed eight men at a hotel in North Laurel in early February.

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