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Maryland Police Department Plans to Live Tweet a Prostitution Sting

In an effort to combat prostitution, a Maryland police department is taking to Twitter and will live tweet a prostution sting operation, WUSA9 TV in Maryland reports.

Like many police departments across the country, PGPD has live-Tweeted everything from traffic conditions at Redskins games to investigations with their K-9 unit but they said they may be the first to live-Tweet a prostitution sting, and they are inviting the public to come along.

According to the Prince George’s County Police Department’s blog, they will tweet from @PGPDNews and use #PGPDVice. Though, they have not specified the exact date and time of the sting operation.

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The police department said they are using Twitter to provide transparency, USA Today reports.

"So much of what a law enforcement agency does is behind the scenes and the community is really intrigued by that work," Parker said. "We're simply putting it out in a very public forum."

Parker said live-tweeting will target "Johns" -- the people who solicit prostitutes -- and will potentially tweet their names, charges and even photos. All this is public information, when someone is arrested of a crime, Parker said.

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