Haverhill, 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

Haverhill is a city of approximately 67,000 residents, located in northeast Massachusetts near Salem and Lawrence. To combat prostitution in the city, the Haverhill Police Department conducts reverse stings several times per year. When conducting operations at street-level, HPD officers have often conduct both reverse stings and stings targeting prostituted women and sex buyers in tandem. First, officers pose as sex buyers and intercept prostituted women. Once arrested, the prostituted women are replaced with undercover female officers. The city routinely publicizes the names and identities of arrested sex buyers. Media reports suggest these tactics have been used since 1995, if not earlier. In 2009, one of the men arrested in a reverse sting was ordered to perform community service and to submit to regular alcohol and drug screenings.

Loss of employment is another consequence of buying sex that has occurred within the city. For example, in August, 2007, an arrested sex buyer resigned as the executive director of the Haverhill Boys Club.  The club’s board of directors has accepted the man’s resignation, after his arrest in a prostitution sting. The board had suspended the man after he was charged in Kingston, N.H., the prior month. The man had been with the Boys Club for more than 20 years, working his way up from athletic director to program director to executive director, a high-profile position in which he helped raise money for the club and its programs for boys. The man was one of six men arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution when they responded to an advertisement on the Craigslist website.

Key Partners

  • Haverhill Police Department

Key Sources

National Assessment Survey and Interview

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Sex Buyer Fired or Resigned Due to Arrest:

Sex Trafficking in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “A Lesson Learned on the Streets of Haverhill,” Boston Globe, December 11 1994.
  • “Police: Prostitutes Were Operating in House across Street from Haverhill Church; Two Women Arrested in Raid,” Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, October 17 2008.
  • “Police: Woman Sold Sex in Massage Parlor, Downtown Building Raided after Complaints from Public,” Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, March 25 2009.
  • “Police Target Notorious Building near Haverhill Church, Raided for Drugs This Week, Was Site of Prostitution Operation,” Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, July 11 2009.
  • “Men Seeking Prostitutes Follow Teenage Girls, Haverhill Police Fear Neighborhood Girls Are in Danger,” Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, October 6 2009.
  • “Woman Charged with Prostitution Held without Bail,” Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, June 12 2010.
  • “Woman Ran Prostitution Business in Motel Room, Owner Says,” Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, October 8 2010.
  • “Sex Arrests at Massage Business, Haverhill Parlor Owner, Worker Facing Prostitution Charges,” Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, January 14 2012.
State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 67361
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