Middle Smithfield Township, PA

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

Middle Smithfield Township is a township of roughly 16,000 residents in eastern Pennsylvania, located in Monroe County, PA. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity has been well-documented in the city and greater county area. This activity and its ancillary crimes has resulted in complaints to local law enforcement by residents and businesses. Reports of targeted violence and sexual assault of prostituted persons occurring during commercial sex transactions in the township have also been documented. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is child sex trafficking.

In effort to reduce commercial sex activity in the area, web-based reverse sting operations have been conducted in the township. For example, in August 2020, a man was arrested at a Monroe County hotel after contacting an undercover police officer in an attempt to solicit prostitution. The undercover officer had posted a fictitious online advertisement through which the suspect made arrangements to pay $200 for an hour of unprotected sex. Surveillance was set up at the Days Inn Hotel in Middle Smithfield Township before the suspect arrived and was arrested. He was charged with two misdemeanor charges of patronizing a prostitute. The name and mugshot of the arrested sex buyer were also shared online.

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Local Prostitution:

Background on Local Sex Trafficking:

State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 15922
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