Mount Vernon is the third largest and most densely populated city in Westchester County, New York with a population of roughly 68,000. It is located adjacent to Yonkers, the Bronx, and New Rochelle. Cases of prostitution and child sex trafficking have been reported in the city, and residents have complained to police about prostitution activity in certain areas.
In an effort to reduce demand for illegal commercial sex, the Mount Vernon Police Department has conducted reverse stings since at least 2007. In their efforts, MVPD officers have at times coordinated efforts with their counterparts in the NYPD’s Bronx Division and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. In August 2014, for example, MVPD and WCDPS officers collaborated to conduct a two-day street-level operation that resulted in the arrest of 15 johns. Thirteen vehicles were also seized. Following their arrests, all of the men’s names were released to the public.
- Mount Vernon Police Department
- Westchester County Police Department
- New York Police Department
- Reverse Stings:
- “The Week; Arrests and Cars Seized in Prostitution Crackdown”, New York Times, April 8 2007.
- “10 Johns Arrested in Mount Vernon Prostitution Sweep”, White Plains Journal News, October 20 2008.
- “PD: 14 Suspects Netted in Mount Vernon Prostitution Sweep”, FiOS1 Lower Hudson Valley, July 8 2014.
- “15 Arrested in Mount Vernon Prostitution Sting”, Mount Vernon Daily Voice, August 5 2014.
- “Mount Vernon Prostitution Crackdown Nets 15 Arrests”, White Plains Journal News, August 5 2014.
- “Prostitution Arrests in Mount Vernon Continue”, Mid-Hudson News, August 5 2014.
- Auto Seizure:
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: