Holyoke is a city of approximately 40,000 residents, located just north of Springfield in Massachusetts. In response to growing community concern, the Holyoke Police Department has incorporated the use of reverse sting tactics to apprehend “johns”. In the majority of cases, police first identify an area as high-traffic based on residents’ complaints, then employ both male and female officers to pose as decoy “johns” and prostitutes. When either party is approached and solicited, an arrest is made. To deter future offenders, Holyoke police release arrestees’ names and identities to the public.
- Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- “Scott Wants to Publish Photos of Men Arrested for Soliciting Sex”, East Longmeadow Reminder, Summer 2006.
- “Prostitution ‘Sting’ Snares 20 Suspects”, MassLive/The Republican, September 26 2006.
- “3 Arrested Seeking Prostitutes”, MassLive/The Republican, October 14 2010.
- “Holyoke Police Arrest 10 Men and Women During Undercover Prostitution Sting”, MassLive/The Republican, September 14 2012.
- “Suspects Arrested During Holyoke Prostitution Sting Deny Charges in District Court”, MassLive/The Republican, September 17 2012.