Provided by Prince William County Police
On Aug. 8, detectives from the Prince William County Police Special Investigations Bureau conducted a Commercial Sex Operation at a hotel in the Manassas area of the County. The objective of the operation was to combat the illicit demand and solicitation of commercial sex services, which has a direct connection to human trafficking.
During the course of the operation, undercover detectives created online advertisements designed to solicit commercial sex. That led to the contact of numerous suspects by phone and through social media. Multiple suspects were identified and charged with offenses relating to the solicitation of commercial sex.
Prince William County Police remains committed to the fight against labor and sex trafficking. We are dedicated to tackling the complexity and issues surrounding the commercial sex industry. Anyone who solicits commercial sex plays a fundamental role in human sex trafficking by contributing to the need and demand of such activities. Our Department, in conjunction with our community partners, recognize that those who solicit commercial sex play an equal role in creating a marketplace that thrives on sexual abuse, violence, and child exploitation.
The Police Department seeks to continue community education efforts and awareness campaigns through our partnership with federal, state, and local agencies. Law Enforcement’s goal is to be an active participant in the fight against human trafficking and create a safe environment for the reporting of suspected human trafficking. The Police Department has conducted training at area hotels, local churches and hospitals, and other County agencies to educate staff how to identify and report suspected commercial sex and human trafficking. The plan is to continue these educational opportunities, since our community partners play a critical role in notifying law enforcement of suspected illicit activity. Before the end of the year, the Police Department is partnering with the Blue Campaign to continue this educational objective at other hotels in Prince William County.
According to the Department of Homeland Security website, “[The] Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases.”
To report suspected human trafficking or to receive assistance if you are victim of human trafficking, please contact the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, send a text to 233733, or Prince William County Police at 703-792-6500.