Framingham, MA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Framingham is a town of just over 68,000 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 attempted 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, johns often have their names and other identifying information released to the public, in an effort to deter other would-be offenders.

Key Partners

  • Framingham Police Department

Key Sources

State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 68318
Location
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