Hookset is a town of about 4,000 residents in New Hampshire, north of Manchester. Despite its fairly small size, Hooksett officials and local residents have reported problems with prostitution in the town. In addition, at least one sex trafficking case has been documented; in November 2014, law enforcement charged two men with trafficking “multiple young adult women” to hotels in Hooksett, Manchester, and Hampton, and compelling them to commit acts of prostitution through “intimidation and drug use.”
Although efforts to address demand remain limited, the Hooksett Police Department has conducted at least one operation targeting sex buyers. In March 2014, following complaints from residents, Hooksett Police conducted an investigation into prostitution occurring at a local residence in the Harmony Lane area. During the investigation, four sex buyers were apprehended. Each was ultimately charged with one count of soliciting a prostitute. Their names were disclosed to the public. Following their arrests, the Chief of the HPD commended local residents for providing the tips to law enforcement that initiated the investigation, stating:
“This neighborhood has been plagued with this type of activity for a long time… The people living there had enough and really stepped up and took a stand for the good of the community.”
- Hooksett Police Department
- Brothel Bust with Shaming:
- “Hooksett Police Make Five Prostitution Related Arrests,” Press Release, Hooksett Police Department, March 27 2014.
- “Woman, Four Men Arrested on Prostitution Charges, Police Say,” ABC/WMUR-TV 9, March 28 2014.
- “Police Say They Broke up a Prostitution Ring,” Hooksett Banner, April 3 2014.
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- “Sex Trafficking Suspect: ‘I’ve Never Been to Hampton’,” Portsmouth Herald, October 31 2014.
- “Two Accused of Trafficking Women in Hooksett, Hampton and Manchester,” New Hampshire Union Leader, October 31 2014.
- “Two Charged with Human Trafficking in Hampton, N.H.; The Men Are Accused of Bringing Young Women into the Area to Work as Prostitutes,” Portland Press Herald, October 31 2014.