FREDERICK, Md. - According to law enforcement authorities, six people were arrested during a prostitution sting operation last week at a hotel in Frederick.
"We had an operation, where we were targeting prostitution and human trafficking in Frederick County. We worked with Homeland Security Investigations, Frederick City Police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office,” said Lt. Eric Byers, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
All those arrested during the sting are facing prostitution charges, and Sheriff's Deputies believe that they traveled to Frederick specifically.
"Several of the suspects will travel from as far away as Columbia, Maryland, coming up into Frederick County,” said Lt. Byers.
Authorities said this why they believe it's becoming a growing issue in the area.
"We're actually looking to target those individuals who are being operated by a pimp, [or] someone who is trafficking humans in and out of the county. We're also looking for any kind of exploitation of minors; that's one of our ultimate goals,” added Lt. Byers.
Officials with the Sherifff’s Office said the growing opioid addiction epidemic plays a huge role in prostitution as well, but they said that this is a prime example of how they are cracking down on it, especially in local hotels where opioid addiction is most prone.
"Obviously, we've done the undercover. We do both in-calls and out-calls, so we contact people. We do our research online. We find these people online, advertising on backpage [or] Craig's List, and then we make contact with them. [Then, we] do both the operations within the hotels, and then we'll even travel to other hotels or locations to make these deals,” said Lt. Byers.
Officials said this sting lasted one day, and they said no minors were involved.