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Aliquippa is a small community of approximately 10,000 residents, located in the northwest suburbs of Pittsburgh in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Among the problems associated with prostitution in the city was the murder of a prostituted woman in 1994, and the murder of a sex buyer in 1995. To curtail prostitution activity along Franklin Avenue, the Aliquippa Police Department conducted a series of street-level reverse stings between 2001 and 2003. The operations, which employed undercover female officers as decoys, were facilitated by officers from the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office and Pennsylvania’s State Weed and Seed Initiative. One sting, conducted in June 2002, resulted in the arrest of 11 sex buyers in 48 hours. As a warning to other would-be sex buyers, police released the names and identities of all arrestees to the local media.
In 2020, a human trafficking and drug investigation involving Beaver County District Attorney’s office, the FBI human trafficking task force, Center Township police, and Pittsburgh police resulted in the discovery of two potential human trafficking victims and sixteen pending arrests of sex buyers. The District Attorney said those arrested were seeking sex, and that they believe the victims were being forced, either physically or with controlled addiction, to carry out the illegal activity.
- “Aliquippa Police Charge Three Men in Prostitution Sting”, Beaver County Times, November 11 2001.
- “Seven Charged in Crime Patrol”, Beaver County Times, November 4 2002.
- “Aliquippa Police Charge 11 Men in Prostitution Sting”, Beaver County Times, June 9 2002.
- “Aliquippa: Soliciting Alleged”, Beaver County Times, June 10 2003.
- https://cseinstitute.org/16-pending-arrests-and-2-possible-human-trafficking-victims-recovered-from-beaver-county-investigation/ (2020)
- https://www.wtae.com/article/human-trafficking-investigation-beaver-county/34101507# (2020)