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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.
- Nashua Police Department
- U.S. Senator
- “City Man Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Nashua Telegraph, January 23 2005.
- “Eight Caught in Prostitution Sting,” Lewiston Sun Journal, July 10 2007.
Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “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.
Sex Buyer Fired or Resigned Due to Arrest:
- https://www.washingtonpost.com/aide-to-sen-ayotte-caught-in-prostitution-ring-resigns/ (2015)
- https://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/kelly-ayotte-aide-david-wihby-resigns (2015)
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Solutions,” Nashua Telegraph, December 15 1991.
- “Nashua Man Charged with Prostitution,” Nashua Telegraph, April 3 1993.
- “Nashua Man Faces Prostitution, Rape Charges,” Nashua Patch, August 24 2011.
- http://www.unionleader.com/crime/Police-Human-trafficking-on-the-rise-in-New-Hampshire-04092018 (April 2018)
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Four in Nashua Face Prostitution Charges,” Manchester New Hampshire Sunday News, February 18 1990.
- “Manchester Woman charged with Prostitution,” Nashua Telegraph, July 24 1993.
- “Internet Now Gives Prostitution a Virtual, Local Red-Light District,” New Hampshire Union Leader, February 28 2011.
- “Seven Face Soliciting Charges; Nashua – Man, Six Women Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Nashua Telegraph, June 9 2012.
- “Police Nab 12 in Sting; 12 Women, Men Charged in Prostitution Sting,” Nashua Telegraph, June 13 2012.
- “Nashua, Manchester Police Say Spike in Prostitution Related to Drug Addictions,” Nashua Telegraph, October 15 2012.