Holden, 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

Holden is a town of about 17,000 residents in central Massachusetts, near Worcester. In March 2010, a sex buyer was arrested for soliciting a prostituted woman. He had placed an ad on Craigslist seeking a prostitute; undercover officers from the Holden Police Department responded. Details of the operation, as well as the man’s identification information was released to the media. In 2012 a more traditional web-based sting was conducted, when police initiated operations and placed a decoy ad online.  That operation resulted in the arrest of another sex buyer, whose identity was also publicized.  In February 2018, a web-based reverse sting resulted in the arrest of four sex buyers.

State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 16581
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