Met­z­gar shares con­cerns about hu­man traf­fick­ing on Dun­dalk Av­enue

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE - By DEL. RIC MET­Z­GAR, R-6

Del. Ric Met­z­gar, R-6, met with Dun­dalk Po­lice Precinct 12 Com­man­der Cap­tain Chris Wiedeck, As­sis­tant Precinct Com­man­der Lieu­tenant Rick Hearn, mem­bers of the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Vice Unit, the FBI Task Force, and con­cerned mem­bers of the com­mu­nity re­gard­ing sex traf­fick­ing and pros­ti­tu­tion along the city-county line of Dun­dalk Av­enue.

The meet­ing was held at the Dun­dalk Po­lice Precinct 12 Sta­tion with peo­ples’ tem­per­a­tures taken upon en­try into the build­ing and so­cial dis­tanc­ing around the con­fer­ence room.

Sex Traf­fick­ing in­volv­ing mi­nors has be­come a ma­jor prob­lem in re­cent years. Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity told sto­ries of men driv­ing in cars, tak­ing pho­to­graphs, fol­low­ing teenage girls walk­ing along Mer­ritt Boule­vard and other lo­ca­tions try­ing to get them into their cars. Com­mu­nity mem­bers also told sto­ries of pros­ti­tutes hang­ing out at gas sta­tions and con­ve­nience stores so­lic­it­ing men along Dun­dalk Av­enue.

Cap­tain Wiedeck dis­cussed that most of the pros­ti­tu­tion is con­nected to drug ac­tiv­ity to sup­port drug habits. He en­cour­aged peo­ple that in­stead of post­ing sus­pected il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity on Face­book; peo­ple should call 9-1-1 if they sus­pect any il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity. Tak­ing pho­to­graphs of li­cense plates would be very help­ful to po­lice in stop­ping pros­ti­tu­tion. The po­lice are crack­ing down on pros­ti­tu­tion and any in­for­ma­tion from cit­i­zens would be very help­ful to the po­lice.

These 9-1-1 calls are logged into a sys­tem to track pat­terns of be­hav­ior in or­der to make arrests. This would greatly help the po­lice do their job in stop­ping crime. “I know it is a warned out phrase, but if you see some­thing, say some­thing”, says Cap­tain Wiedeck.

Cap­tain Wiedeck re­minded ev­ery­one that when the COVID-19 pan­demic is over the Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Coun­cil meets on the sec­ond Mon­day of ev­ery month at Precinct 12, 428 Westham Way across from

Oak­lawn Ceme­ter y.

Met­z­gar found the meet­ing in­sight­ful, in­for­ma­tive, help­ful in deal­ing with sex traf­fick­ing and pros­ti­tu­tion and thanked ev­ery­one for at­tend­ing the meet­ing.

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