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Kingston is a town of approximately 6,200 residents, located in southern New Hampshire, near the Massachusetts border and about 15 miles inland from the Atlantic Coast. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the region, and in response, local efforts have included the use of demand reduction tactics. For example, in July, 2007, the Kingston Police Department conducted a web sting resulting in the arrest of six men. Police posted a decoy listing on Craigslist advertising sex; when sex buyers responded to the phone number provided, an undercover female officer arranged meetings. The men were promptly arrested when they arrived to complete the transactions. Some of the arrestees were known public figures, and select names were released to the media.
Web-Based Reverse Sting, Identity Disclosure:
- “Kingston Sex Sting Nets 6,” New Hampshire Union Leader, July 20 2007.
- “Prominent Broadcaster Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Concord Monitor, July 20 2007.
- “Mass. Boys Club Director Arrested in N.H. Prostitution Sting,” New Bedford Standard-Times, July 21 2007.
- “NHTI Official Faces Charge in Sex Sting; Police Accuse Several in Prostitution Case,” Concord Monitor, July 21 2007.
- “Sex Sting Suspect Ousted from Job,” New Hampshire Union Leader, July 21 2007.
- “6 Arrested in Last Week’s Sex Sting,” Portsmouth Herald, July 27 2007.
- “In Brief; Man Resigns after Arrest; Kingston,” New Hampshire Union Leader, August 10 2007.
Background on Sex Trafficking and Prostitution in the Area:
- “Human Trafficking Focus of New N.H. Commission,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, January 27 2013.
- “Supreme Court Affirms Portsmouth Pimp’s Convictions,” Portsmouth Herald, April 17 2014.
- “Portsmouth Police Make Human Trafficking Arrests,” NBC/WCSH-TV 6, October 8 2014.
- https://www.eagletribune.com/news/29-arrested-in-prostitution-drug-sting/ (2013)
- https://www.seacoastonline.com/article/news/ (2014)
- https://www.portsmouthnh.com/hidden-in-plain-sight-human-trafficking-new-england/ (2015)
- http://www.unionleader.com/Police-Human-trafficking-on-the-rise-in-New-Hampshire (2018)
- https://www.seacoastonline.com/husband-wife-charged-in-sex-trafficking-prostitution-scheme (2018)
- https://www.seacoastonline.com/woman-charged-in-prostitution-arrest-at-portsmouth-motel (2019)
- http://www.unionleader.com/crime/Police-Human-trafficking-on-the-rise-in-New-Hampshire (2018)
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