Bucks County, PA

Tactics Used

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

Bucks County is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, and contains Bensalem Township. Prostitution and child sex trafficking are well-documented problems within the county, with activity frequently concentrated in and around the township’s many hotels and motels along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Since 2012, local law enforcement have reported at least three distinct cases of forced prostitution of minors in the township. Media outlets have also noted the discovery of small children during local prostitution stings, and at least one individual was convicted of torturing and murdering a woman involved in prostitution (brought from nearby Philadelphia‘s Kensington Avenue) and an exotic dancer in Bensalem.

Consumer-level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies in their strategy for prevention and response. To combat the array of problems stemming from commercial sex, the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office and municipal police have arrested and shamed sex buyers.  For example, in July, 2005, Quakertown police raided a massage parlor and charged two women with prostitution, a third with promoting prostitution and three men with soliciting prostitution. In May 2012, officers from the Bensalem Township Police Department, acting on reports of a missing teenage girl, arrested a Philadelphia police officer in a local motel. He was charged with solicitation, aggravated indecent assault without consent, and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. His name and a photo were released to the media. a prostitution sting in Bensalem.  A woman was arrested in a hotel room for prostitution, and upon further investigation also arrested two men, whose roles as either facilitators or sex buyers were unclear in news reports.

Key Sources

John Arrests with Shaming:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Child Endangerment:

  • “Woman Charged with Endangering Son,” Bucks County Courier Times, April 21 2009.
  • “No Jail Time for Prostitute Mom,” Doylestown Intelligencer, August 4 2009.

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Pennsylvania
Type County
Population 628341
Location
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