Butler Township, PA

Tactics Used

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

Butler Township is a community in Butler County, Pennsylvania, with a population of about 17,250. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. For example, in February 2016 a web-based reverse sting was conducted in Butler Township. Six sex buyers were arrested and their identities were released to news outlets.  Undercover officers used website advertisements to attract people willing to engage in prostitution, and the arrests occurred at a hotel on Miller Lane.  A group of local agencies called R-Storm, which formed to help each other with manpower issues, conducted the operation.

 

Key Partners

  • Butler Township Police Department
  • R-Storm
State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 17248
Location
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