Greenburgh, NY

Tactics Used

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

Greenburgh is a town of approximately 88,000 residents, located near White Plains in Westchester County, New York. Law enforcement have reported problems related to prostitution, particularly activities arranged online and occurring in local hotels and motels, for several years. Cases of robbery of johns, and the assault and kidnapping of prostituted women, have also be reported in the town.

In an effort to reduce commercial sex activity in the area, the Greenburgh Police Department conducts periodic web stings. Operations are often conducted in partnership with officers from nearby communities. In 2007, for example, Greenburgh Police partnered with the Rye, Rye Brook and Elmsford Police Departments to set up a web-based prostitution sting on Craigslist. Police posted their own ads and nabbed 14 men. The names, ages, and address of those arrested were reported in the news.  Some of the investigations and undercover operations were launched by police after receiving complaints of prostitution from residents.

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State New York
Type City
Population 88400
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