Albany, NY

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Albany is a city of approximately 100,000 residents; it is the seat of Albany County and the capital of New York. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is child sex trafficking.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. To identify and apprehend local sex buyers driving the prostitution and sex trafficking markets, the Albany Police Department and Albany County Sheriff’s Office have conducted street-level reverse stings and web stings to identify and arrest johns. Operations typically employ one or more undercover female officers, who pose as decoys. When men attempt to solicit sex from the officers, they are quickly arrested.

In addition to releasing offenders’ names to local media outlets, the APD began posting johns’ names on mobile electronic billboards along downtown thoroughfares in late 2009.

Key Sources

State New York
Type City
Population 97478
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