Elmsford is a village of less than 5,000 residents, located within the borders of the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York. Despite its small size, local law enforcement have taken a proactive approach to reduce demand for prostitution in the village by conducting periodic large-scale reverse stings.
In July 2007, officers from the Elmsford Police Department assisted their counterparts at the Greenburgh Police Department to conduct a web sting that resulted in the arrest of 14 sex buyers. In January 2008, media outlets reported that “66 people had been arrested during a nine-month investigation by into ads on Craigslist.com that offered sexual services at local hotels” and that “hotels in the town of Greenburgh, city of Rye and villages of Rye Brook and Elmsford were used for the hookups between March and December 2007.” The identities of the individuals arrested were not released, but law enforcement stated that “the men snared in the roundup included medical professionals, business owners, real estate developers and civil servants.”
- Elmsford Police Department
- Greenburgh Police Department
- Rye Police Department
- Rye Brook Police Department
- Westchester County Sheriff’s Office
- National Assessment Survey
- Web-Based Reverse Stings:
- “Cops Say Sex Is for Sale on Web Site, Arrest 30 on Prostitution Charges”, White Plains Journal News, July 20 2007.
- “Johns Sting Nets DEP Officer”, New York Daily News, January 13 2008.
- “Online Hooker Ring Is Nailed”, New York Post, January 13 2008.
- “Local Prostitution Stomped Out; Numerous Arrests Made, over $21,000 Seized”, Rye Sound Shore Review, January 25 2008.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: