Horsham, PA

Tactics Used

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

Horsham is a census-designated place within Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Its population is about 26,000, and the Township contains the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove. Prostitution and sex trafficking in the township and throughout Montgomery County have been well documented.

Anti-demand tactics have been used to combat prostitution ans sex trafficking locally.  For example, in July 2017, undercover officers from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Horsham Township Police Department placed an advertisement online offering prostitution services.  Two men responded to the ads and engaged in “hundreds of communications” via texts and calls to set up services, police said. Both agreed to pay for the services ahead of time, and police arrested the pair at a staged meeting point. The arrests were part of the DA office’s joint initiative, launched in February 2014, to prosecute human trafficking and commercial sex trade suspects in the area, especially at local hotels.

In November, 2019, two undercover operations targeting prostitution in Montgomery County, and lead to the arrest of nine men from Philadelphia, Bucks County as well as from Montgomery County.  The men answered online advertisements planted by detectives for prostitution services. Hundreds of men reportedly called or texted the undercover investigators and arranged a time and location, and finalized a price for sexual services. Arrest were made upon arrival at locations in Horsham Township and Montgomery Township. Police charged each man with third-degree patronizing a prostitute.

 

 

 

Key Partners

  • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
  • Horsham Township Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Shaming:

Background:

 

State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 26147
Location
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