Danbury, CT

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

Danbury is a city of approximately 87,000 residents in eastern Connecticut, about an hour’s drive north of New York City. Police have received 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 has been provided to the media. This 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.

Other sex buyer arrests unrelated to proactive reverse sting operations have also occurred in the city. 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. The man’s identity was included in news releases.

Key Partners

  • Danbury Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings with Identity Disclosure:

Buyer Arrest, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Connecticut
Type City
Population 86759
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