Coventry, RI

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Coventry is a town of just over 35,000 residents, located in Kent County, Rhode Island near Warwick and West Greenwich. Although reports of prostitution and sex trafficking activity in the community appear limited, local law enforcement have taken a proactive approach to curtail underlying demand for commercial sex. For example, in December 2015, the Coventry and West Greenwich Police Departments, supported by officers from the Providence Police Department and the Rhode Island Human Trafficking Task Force, conducted a web sting targeting sex buyers. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Front Page,” utilized female undercover officers who posed as sex sellers on a website known for commercial sex solicitation, and arranged to meet the men who responded “at one of the hotels on Rte. 95 along the Coventry/West Greenwich line,” according to a law enforcement press release. Seven johns were arrested as a result; each was charged with “procurement of sexual conduct for a fee.” All of the arrestees’ names, mugshots, and other identifying information were released to the public. In the aforementioned press release, Coventry and West Greenwich Police Department representatives underscored their commitment to reducing human trafficking and commercial sex sales locally, stating:

“We hope that yesterday’s operation sends a strong message that we are monitoring online human trafficking and will act jointly and aggressively to curb illegal solicitation in our communities.”

Key Partners

  • Coventry Police Department
  • West Greenwich Police Department
  • Providence Police Department
  • Rhode Island Human Trafficking Task Force

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Sex Trafficking, Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Coventry Woman Faces Charges of Prostitution,” Providence Journal, May 15 1984.
  • “Police Check Ad for Escorts; Woman Charged,” Providence Journal, May 16 1984.
  • “Coventry Arrest Log,” Kent County Daily Times, March 31 2014.
  • “Roberts Cracks down on Sex Trafficking, Bill Would Punish Landlords, Business Owners Allowing Prostitution on Site,” Coventry Courier, April 3 2015.
  • “Council OKs Law to Limit Massage, Body Works Services, Based on Providence Law, Sets Operating Hours for Certain Businesses,” Kent County Daily Times, June 25 2015.
  • “Coventry Council Votes to Limit Massage Businesses, Ordinance Aimed at Identifying Illegal Parlors, Crack down on Sex Trafficking,” Coventry Courier, June 26 2015.
  • (2015)
State Rhode Island
Type City
Population 35014
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