Erie County, NY

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

Erie County is located in the western part of New York, bordering Lake Erie. The county seat is Buffalo, and the population is approximately 960,000. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has worked closely with local police departments in executing reverse sting operations. Though the area began using reverse stings in 1997, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office has continued to have issues with the local police stations committing to sting operations targeting sex buyers. Buffalo launched one of the first john school programs in 1997 as an alternative to jail time for men convicted of soliciting and arrested in reverse sting operations. Today the john school is inactive due to the infrequency of reverse sting operations. Erie County also has Neighborhood Watch programs and surveillance cameras in the Buffalo area.

Key Partners

Key Sources

National Assessment Survey and Interviews

John School:

Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New York
Type City
Population 964796
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