Canandaigua, NY

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Canandaigua is a city of about 10,000 residents located in upstate New York, in Ontario County.  Prostitution is a well-documented problem in the city and generates complaints from residents and businesses.  Among the tactics used to address the problem are those focused on combating demand. In February 2018, six sex buyers were arrested in a prostitution sting in Canandaigua. Few details were released about the operation, but police acknowledge the arrestees offered to pay for sex.  Investigators said three of the men each offered a woman cash in exchange for sex in separate occasions, and three others approached the female police decoy as a group and offered her cash in exchange for group sex.  They were issued appearance tickets and released, to return at a later date to Canandaigua Town Court.  The identities of those arrested were publicly released by police.

Key Partners

  • Canandaigua Police Department
  • Canandaigua Town Court
State New York
Type City
Population 10545
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