The undercover operation is part of an ongoing effort to combat prostitution, human trafficking and related crimes in Howard County, police said.
In the past 14 months, those efforts have resulted in 43 arrests, 19 guilty verdicts, one referral to juvenile court and one indictment for human trafficking. Nineteen court cases remain pending, according to police data.
The goal of the stings is to "make Howard County an unappealing place for traffickers and johns," according to a news release from the police department.
In addition to conducting undercover investigations, police routinely post ads on the Backpahe website reminding solicitors of the dangers and penalties of their actions. Officers also monitor internet chat rooms to see how the stings are affecting illegal activity, according to Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for the county police.