Framingham, 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

Framingham is a town of just over 71,000 residents, located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts near Ashland and Natick. Commercial sex activity– occurring online, on town streets, and within adult-oriented businesses– has been reported in the community for decades, and has generated substantial complaints to law enforcement and local officials. Prostitution transactions have also been linked to robberies of sex buyers in the town, and the forced prostitution (sex trafficking) of minors and adults.  For example, in February, 2021, a man and a woman were arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court for charges related to trafficking women and operating two illegal brothels in Framingham residences. Charges included Trafficking Persons for Sexual Servitude, Maintaining a House of Prostitution, Deriving Support from Prostitution, Keeping a House of Ill Fame, and Conspiracy.

To combat prostitution, the Framingham Police Department has incorporated tactics that target underlying demand for commercial sex. Since at least 2005, FPD officers have conducted occasional reverse stings along major thoroughfares using female undercover decoys to apprehend sex buyers. Following their arrests, sex buyers often have their names and other identifying information released to the public, in an effort to deter other would-be offenders and to hold active buyers accountable.

Key Partners

  • Framingham Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings with Identity Disclosure:

  • “Police Sting Results in 3 Arrests; Men Nabbed by Female Officer for Prostitution; FRAMINGHAM,” Framingham MetroWest Daily News, November 13 2005.
  • “Three Men Charged with Prostitution,” Milford Daily News, November 13 2005.
  • “FRAMINGHAM: Prostitution Sting Leads to an Arrest; Man Charged after He Allegedly Offers an Undercover Police Officer Money for Sex,” Framingham MetroWest Daily News, September 4 2006.
  • “Prostitution Sting Leads to Man’s Arrest; Crackdown Comes after Police Say Man Was Caught Soliciting Sex from a Cop,” Norwood Daily News Transcript, September 4 2006.
  • “Suspected ‘John’ Is Arrested Again; Cops: Man Tried to Use Booking Slip from His Arrest as an Identification,” Framingham MetroWest Daily News, September 6 2006.
  • “Police: Six ‘Johns’ Busted in Framingham Sweep,” Framingham MetroWest Daily News, October 26 2015.

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 Massachusetts
Type City
Population 71265
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