PG police to live tweet prostitution sting

PRINCE GEORGE'S CO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police will be live tweeting a prostitution sting in the county.

The Vice Unit will conduct a prostitution sting and police say they'll tweet it as it happens from the @PGPDNews Twitter account.

"We won't tell you when or where, other than it's somewhere in the county sometime next week," officials said in a news release.

"From the ads to the arrests, we'll show you how the PGPD is battling the oldest profession."

Police say they'll tweet suspect photos and other information in what they're calling a progressive, unprecedented social media tactic to warn any potential participants that this type of criminal behavior is not welcome in Prince George's County.

They'll be using the hashtag #PGPDVice as they take you along for the takedowns.

On Wednesday night, Police also clarified details regarding the upcoming prostitution sting for the community:

"We'd like to share with our community more details on our plans to target johns in an upcoming prostitution sting. The announcement of the operation sparked intense discussion on social media, due in part, to the spread of misinformation. Our Vice Unit will target those who choose to solicit a prostitute, not prostitutes themselves. The intent all along has been to put on notice and/or arrest the very people who exploit women and even young girls in our community. Some young girls and women involved in prostitution are victims of human trafficking. Our Vice Unit regularly helps trafficked women connect with groups and advocates who help them escape the dangerous sex trade. We're hoping the advance notice we've provided acts as a deterrent to would-be johns who choose to engage in this illegal behavior. This is another example of our department's commitment to transparency. We'll give our community real-time access to the PGPD's Vice Unit which is dedicated to shutting down this type of illicit business and seeking help for its victims."


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