Middletown, OH

Tactics Used

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

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.

State Ohio
Type City
Population 51303
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