Danbury, CT

Tactics Used

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

Danbury is a city of approximately 80,000 residents in eastern Connecticut, about an hour’s drive north of New York City.  Police receive frequent complaints about prostitution in some areas of the city. To address prostitution, police have used tactics targeting the demand for commercial sex.  The Danbury Police Department’s Special Investigations Division and the Community Conditions Unit have conducted reverse stings since at least 1997, and information about the arrested sex buyers was provided to the media.  The information includes photos, names, ages, charges, bond amount, and the time and place of their arrest.  In an October 2012 operation, for example, six men were charged with patronizing a prostitute. In August, 2019, a man and woman were arrested on prostitution-related charges after police responded to a call about suspicious activity in the area of West and Stevens streets.  The man was charged with patronizing a prostitute and second-degree breach of peace. While this was not a reverse sting, the man’s identity was included in news releases, so shaming of an arrested sex buyer occurred.

Key Partners

  • Danbury Police Department

Key Sources

State Connecticut
Type City
Population 79226
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