Bridgewater, MA

Tactics Used

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

Bridgewater is a town of 26,000 in Plymouth County, south of Boston, Massachusetts. Since at least 2005, police have conducted web based prostitution stings. In October of 1999, investigators from Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater formed the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force. In 2008, this task force conducted a reverse sting using investigators posting ads on Craigslist, which yielded  hundreds of responses. Using Craigslist, police arrested many sex buyers throughout the county; the number arrested in Bridgewater during the major reverse sting in 2008 was not disclosed.  Four johns were arrested in a 2005 reverse sting operation.  Those arrested had their names, ages, and hometowns publicized in local news outlets.

Key Partners

  • Bridgewater Police Department
    • WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force

Key Sources

State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 25514
Location
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