Berlin is a town of approximately 20,000 residents, located near Hartford and Meriden in central Connecticut. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been reported in the community for several years, with activities often concentrated along the Berlin Turnpike.
In an effort to reduce these activities, the Berlin Police Department occasionally conducts street-level reverse stings. In September 2011, for example, BPD officers collaborated with FBI agents and officers from the nearby city of Meriden to arrest johns soliciting sex along the Berlin Turnpike. A total of five men were apprehended. The names and ages of all offenders were released to the media.
- Street-Level Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Turnpike Prostitution Sting Results in Arrests of Five Men”, Berlin Citizen, September 11 2007.
- “Berlin Hotel Prostitution Sting Nabs 5”, New Britain Herald, September 12 2007.
- “BPD Teams with MPD to Arrest Johns in Prostitution Sting”, Berlin Citizen, September 13 2007.
- “5 Men Charged in Prostitution Sting”, New Britain Herald, September 29 2011.
- “Berlin, Meriden PD Combine for Prostitution Sting; Efforts from Reverse Sting Net Five Arrests”, Berlin Patch, September 29 2011.
- “Man, 66, Four Others Netted in Berlin Tpke. Prostitution Sting”, New Britain Herald, September 29 2011.
- “Undercover Cops Nab Plainville Man in Roadside Hooker Sting”, Bristol Press, September 29 2011.
- “Police News; Prostitution Arrests”, Berlin Citizen, October 6 2011.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- Berlin Turnpike, Wikipedia.
- “Police Presence”, Berlin Citizen, August 9 2007.
- “They Walk the Turnpike”, Berlin Citizen, August 9 2007.
- “Officials in Berlin Go after Vice on Turnpike”, Berlin Citizen, August 12 2007.
- “Berlin Police Aid in Federal Operation to Break up Child Sex Trafficking Ring, Land Unrelated Prostitution Arrest”, New Britain Herald, July 29 2013.
- “FBI Rescue Five Sexually Exploited Children”, Berlin Citizen, August 2 2013.
- “Magic Hands Therapy Owner Charged with Prostitution”, Berlin Citizen, February 28 2014.
- “West Hartford Woman, 45, Charged in Connection with Massage Parlor Prostitution”, Berlin Citizen, March 1 2014.