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Ambridge is a borough of approximately 7,000 residents in Pennsylvania, located about 15 miles northwest of Pittsburgh in Beaver County, PA. Although prostitution and sex trafficking are not significant issues in Ambridge, reports of their occurrence have been documented in the borough as well as within the greater county area. This activity and its ancillary crimes has resulted in complaints to local law enforcement from residents and businesses. For example, in 2013, the Ambridge Police Department conducted an operation targeting prostituted persons in the borough that resulted in the arrest of a prostituted woman. Prior to her arrest she allegedly asked the undercover officer if he was a police officer, he said no, and then he asked the woman the same question, “prompting her to tell him she worked for the CIA and planned to kill him.” She was arrested for prostitution – a misdemeanor.
In the summer of 2001, officers from the Ambridge Police Department and Beaver County Sheriff’s Office conducted two street-level reverse stings in response to residents’ complaints of increased prostitution activity in certain neighborhoods. The operations, conducted between July and August, intercepted a total of 8 male sex buyers as they attempted to solicit sex from an undercover female officer. Their identities, ages, and addresses were published by local media outlets.
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “Five Charged in Prostitution Sting”, Allegheny Times, July 8 2001.
- “Six Charged in Prostitution Case”, Allegheny Times, August 2 2001.
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: