Dennis, MA

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

Dennis is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, on the central portion of Cape Cod. Its population is roughly 14,000. Multiple cases of prostitution and sex trafficking have been has been documented in the area.  For example, in June, 2018, two men were indicted in connection with trafficking multiple victims for sex, including minors, on Cape Cod and in Boston. The charges against the two men included Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Sex for a Fee, Conspiracy to Traffic Persons for Sexual Servitude, Assault and Battery, Posing a Child in a State of Nudity, Enticement of a Child, and Dissemination of Matter Harmful to a Minor. The maximum penalty for trafficking a child under the age of 18 for sex is life in state prison. Authorities alleged that young women, including minors, were trafficked for sex in a Dennis home as well as at hotels in the Boston area and on Cape Cod. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, along with members of the Dennis Police Department, arrested one of the suspects in Dennis. The AG’s Human Trafficking Division joined an investigation in January 2018 after the matter was referred by the Dennis and Randolph Police Departments. The investigation revealed that between Oct. 2017 and Jan. 2018, the Dennis resident arranged for commercial sexual activity with victims at his residence in Dennis and at hotels on Cape Cod and in the Boston area. Authorities allege that the man would also supply these victims with narcotics, texted photos of his genitalia, and physically struck one of the victims.  It was also alleged that the Dennis homeowner had his co-defendants procure women and girls for him to have sex with and for him to watch having sex with other men. The man’s identity was included in news reports.

Key Partners

  • Dennis Police Department
  • Randolph Police Department
  • AG’s Human Trafficking Division
State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 13885
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