Haverhill, MA

Tactics Used

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

Haverhill is a city of approximately 60,000 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 frequently conduct both reverse stings and stings targeting prostituted women in tandem. First, officers pose as johns and intercept prostituted women. Once arrested, the prostituted women are replaced with undercover female officers posing as decoys. 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.

Key Partners

  • Haverhill Police Department

Key Sources

State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 60789
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