Albany, OR

Tactics Used

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

Albany is a city in Northwestern Oregon of approximately 53,000 residents, situated south of Salem, OR along the Interstate 5 corridor. It is the county seat of Linn County, OR with some parts of the city being located in Benton County, OR. Prostitution and sex trafficking appear to be substantial issues in the city, generated complaints from local residents and businesses to local law enforcement agencies. Among the more serious issues associated with the city’s commercial sex market is child sex trafficking.

To combat prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, local law enforcement agencies have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which provides the revenue stream driving prostitution and sex trafficking. For example, in May 2012, officers from the Albany Police Department conducted their first web-based reverse sting. Officers made contact with men attempting to solicit sex on Backpage.com, and arranged to meet the sex buyers at a local hotel. When the men arrived and attempted to enter the designated hotel room, they were apprehended by police. A total of 10 male sex buyers were arrested; their names were publicized by local media outlets. Each arrested sex buyer was also fined $1,000, and forced to forfeit any money in his possession at the time of the arrest.

In June 2013, the Albany Police Department assisted the BCSO and the CPD in a web-based reverse sting operation that resulted in the arrest of eight male sex buyers between the ages of 21 and 51. Undercover investigators posted a decoy advertisement to a website offering commercial sex, and over the course of the 10-hour operation, received “numerous phone calls from men trying to arrange to meet with [a] female prostitute.” As the men arrived and made an explicit offer of money for sexual services, they were arrested by police. The identities, images, ages, and hometowns of arrested sex buyers were released to media outlets. All eight suspects were either booked and released from the Benton County Jail or cited and released at the scene.

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:

State Oregon
Type City
Population 53521
Location
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