Charleroi, PA

Tactics Used

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

Charleroi is a borough of about 4,000 residents, located south of Pittsburgh in Washington County, Pennsylvania.  Child sex trafficking has been documented in the city.  While we do not know whether traditional, proactive reverse stings have been conducted, there has been at least one effort by police to conduct an investigation and arrest a sex buyer.  In April 2014,  a 15-year-old girl called Charleroi Regional Police to report that a man she had been communicating with through Facebook offered her $500 for sex.  The girl showed police numerous texts and Facebook messages allegedly sent to her by the man who stated he wanted to have sex with the girl in exchange for money.  Surveillance was set up after the teen told police the man was on his way to the borough for their meeting.  Police arrested him while he was allegedly on his way to meet the girl in downtown Charleroi.  The man was arraigned in District Court on felony charges of promoting/encouraging prostitution, criminal use of a communication facility, unlawful contact with a minor-prostitution and corruption of minors.  The man’s identity was provided to the media in press releases and subsequent news reports.

Key Partners

  • Charleroi Regional Police
State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 4087
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