Nashua, NH

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

Nashua is a city of approximately 90,000 located in southern New Hampshire, near the Massachusetts border.  Complaints by businesses and residents have led Nashua police to conduct prostitution operations, including those focused on consumer-level demand.  A web-based reverse sting in 2010 resulted in the arrest of eight men, whose identities were released and reported in local news outlets.  Among those arrested was a priest.  In October 2012, police reported that prostitution activity in the city had spiked, and a rise in street and indoor prostitution appeared to have been driven by addiction to opiates.

Loss of employment is another consequence of buying sex that has occurred within the city. For example, in April, 2015, a top aide for a U.S. Senator resigned from his position after being arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution. The man was arrested in Nashua, New Hampshire, on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute. In a statement, the Senator said she was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the arrest, that the man obviously could not continue his duties, and that she had accepted the man’s resignation. The 62-year-old sex buyer had worked for the Senator for about one year and had previously served on the Manchester, New Hampshire, school board, and as a Manchester alderman for 18 years.

Key Partners

  • Nashua Police Department
  • U.S. Senator

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

  • “14 Arrested over Prostitution Listings,” Nashua Telegraph, February 17 2006.
  • “Official Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Nashua Telegraph, February 17 2006.
  • “Priest, 7 Others Held in Sex Sting; Nashua – Police Nab 8 Men Who Allegedly Responded to Craigslist to Pay for Services,” Nashua Telegraph, April 14 2010.
  • “Prostitution Arraignment Postponed; Nashua – Priest in Court May 6,” Nashua Telegraph, April 23 2010.
  • “Trials Set in City Sex Sting Case, 6 of the Men Plead Not Guilty; 2 Others Plead Guilty,” Nashua Telegraph, April 24 2010.
  • “David Wihby, Senior Staffer for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Charged with Soliciting a Prostitute in Nashua,” Nashua Patch, April 6, 2015.

Employment Loss, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State New Hampshire
Type City
Population 89052
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