Twenty-three people were arrested for soliciting prostitution in Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties, federal immigrations officials said.
The arrests were part of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement‘s Homeland Security Investigations division into criminal organizations involved in prostitution.
Maryland State Police and officers from Howard and Anne Arundel counties and the Laurel police department also took part in the arrests, according to ICE. Fourteen men were arrested by Howard County officers, seven by Anne Arundel County officers and two by Laurel police.
“This is a public safety concern that crosses jurisdictional boundaries and we believe coordinating our efforts lead to a more successful enforcement initiative,” s Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown.
The cases will be prosecuted by the state’s attorney’s offices of Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George’s counties.