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Bedford is a town of approximately 23,000 residents, located near Manchester in southern New Hampshire. Prostitution and sex trafficking are known to occur in the area, and in some cases, are linked to regional and international sex trafficking operations. Law enforcement agencies and others have targeted demand as a means of addressing the wide range of crimes and problems arising from the local commercial sex trade. Manchester police began conducting reverse stings at least as early as 1991, and has conducted them occasionally since. Demand reduction tactics have been used in Bedford as well. For example, in August 2009, officers from the Bedford Police Department conducted a street-level reverse sting operation after finding postings on Craigslist suggesting possible meeting locations for individuals interested in buying sex. Police deployed an undercover female officer as a decoy in the Bedford Mall parking area. When a man solicited sex from her, he was quickly arrested. He was charged and released after posting $1,000 bail. The man’s name and other identifying information were released to the local media.
Reverse Sting, Identity Disclosure:
- “Bedford Area Man Accused of Soliciting Sex”, The Nashua Telegraph, August 21 2009.
Background on Sex Trafficking in the Region:
- “Woman Charged with Pimping Teen Recruited at Occupy NH Rally”, New Hampshire Union Leader, October 28 2011.
- “Pair Accused of Sex Trafficking, Promoting Prostitution Arrested in NH”, FOX/WFXT-TV 25, September 9 2013.
- “Sex Trafficking Suspect: ‘I’ve Never Been to Hampton’,” Portsmouth Herald, October 31 2014.
- “Two Accused of Trafficking Women in Hooksett, Hampton and Manchester,” New Hampshire Union Leader, October 31 2014.
- “Two Charged with Human Trafficking in Hampton, N.H.; The Men Are Accused of Bringing Young Women into the Area to Work as Prostitutes,” Portland Press Herald, October 31 2014.
- “Manchester Man Convicted in Teen Prostitution, Drug Case,” New Hampshire Union Leader, June 17 2015.
- “Police to Highlight Human Trafficking Investigations,” New Hampshire Union Leader, August 22 2016.
- http://www.unionleader.com/crime/Police-Human-trafficking-on-the-rise-in-New-Hampshire (2018)
- https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/new-hampshire-man-sentenced-21-years-prison-sex-trafficking-minor-and-other-crimes (2021)
- https://bangordailynews.com/nh-woman-pleads-guilty-to-running-prostitution-ring-that-brought-27-women-to-new-england/ (2021)
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