New Britain, CT

Tactics Used

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

New Britain is a city of over 70,000 residents in central Connecticut, near Hartford.  Problems associated with the local commercial sex market have been well-documented, including several documented cases of sexual assaults and murders specifically targeting prostituted women.  Johns have also been set up for robbery while trying to buy sex.

Police have conducted reverse stings in the city periodically since at least 2000 (and possibly before), usually in response to complaints from residents and business owners and managers.  From 2008 to 2012, reverse stings in New Britain have each yielded between 10 and 23 arrests of sex buyers.  In a reverse sting in September 2012, New Britain Police used a “three-pronged approach”:  (1) arresting women engaged in street prostitution; (2) replacing the arrested women with police decoys, to focus on arresting sex buyers, and (3) maintaining high-visibility patrols in the areas focused upon in these prostitution operations.

The names and ages of arrested sex buyers are routinely publicized.

Key Partners

  • New Britain Police Department
  • Local businesses assisting police in reverse stings

Key Sources

State Connecticut
Type City
Population 70664
Location
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