Gates, NY

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Gates is a town of approximately 28,000 residents, located in western New York’s Monroe County on the outskirts of Rochester. In addition to several small-scale stings targeting women selling commercial sex, local law enforcement have conducted at least two investigations targeting johns in the community.

In January 2015, Gates Police Department officers conducted a reverse sting using a female undercover officer as a decoy, two days after conducting a similar anti-prostitution detail targeting women engaged in prostitution. Six men were arrested as a result; each was charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute, and issued an appearance ticket. All of the men’s names, ages, hometowns, and arrest photos were released to the public.

When asked about the investigation, a representative with the GPD stated that “they believe putting the information out there will deter others from committing [the same] crime,” and noted that since “they started doing this kind of detail three years ago… they have never had the same male arrested twice for soliciting a prostitute.” Another officer reported that the “operation was started after the mother of a drug-addicted prostitute reached out to [the GPD] for help.”

In August 2015, GPD officers and local news outlets reported the arrest of a Rochester criminal defense lawyer during a similar anti-prostitution investigation. Although the details of the sting were not disclosed, the man’s identity and arrest photo was publicized in press. The GPD reported to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that they had arrested 33 sex buyers in sting operations since 2011 (as well as 125 sex sellers).

Key Partners

  • Gates Police Department
State New York
Type City
Population 28400
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