Middletown is a city of approximately 50,000 residents, located 40 miles north of Cincinnati in southwestern Ohio. Prostitution has been a persistent and visible problem in the area for several years. To address the issue, the Middletown Police Department routinely conducts street-level reverse stings to identify and apprehend sex buyers. Guided by community complaints, operations typically utilize one or more undercover female officers, who pose as decoys. As johns attempt to solicit sex from the women, they are quickly arrested. By targeting the underlying issue of consumer demand, Middletown Police have noticed substantial gains in their efforts to curtail commercial sex sales in the city’s downtown business district. After creating a four-person task force designed to fight prostitution and drug-related crime in Summer 2010, officers were able to arrest a total of 48 individuals on solicitation-related charges.
- Reverse Stings:
- “20 Busted in Prostitution Sting”, WKRC TV Cincinnati, March 23 2009.
- “5 Arrests Made in Middletown Prostitution Bust”, WXIX Fox 19, July 2 2010.
- “Numerous Arrests in Middletown Prostitution Sting”, WCPO ABC 9, July 27 2010.
- “39 Prostitution Arrests Credited to Summer Police Task Force”, The Middletown Journal, August 23 2010.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area: