Beaver Falls, PA

Tactics Used

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

Beaver Falls is a small town of less than 10,000 residents in Western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh and Aliquippa.  Prostitution has been recognized as a local problem for decades, and community complaints have played a role in police operations.  To combat consumer-level demand, reverse stings have occurred periodically in the town since the 1990s, according to police interviewed for the National Assessment.    Police have conducted an average of about one to two operations per year.  For most of the past 15 years, the Beaver Falls Police Department has had no female officers, so they have partnered with the Beaver County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police for support.  Men arrested in the street-level operations have their identities released to the media, and are disseminated by local news outlets.

In the third annual “Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Pennsylvania” (2018) by Villanova University’s Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute), Beaver County was one of 10 Pennsylvania counties in which the number of individuals charged with violations of the state’s sex buying statute (§ 5902(e)) outnumbered the charged with violations of § 5902(a) for providing commercial sex since the state criminal code created separate offenses for buying and selling sex in 2014. The 10 counties were : Adams, Beaver, Bradford, Centre, Franklin, Lebanon, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, and Northampton.

Key Partners

  • Beaver Falls Police Department
  • Beaver County Drug Task Force
  • Pennsylvania State Police (Vice Department)

Key Sources

State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 9108
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