New Castle, PA

Tactics Used

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

New Castle is a city in Lawrence County, western Pennsylvania, situated north of Pittsburgh. It has a population of roughly 48,000. Local law enforcement have reported problems with street prostitution for several years. Cases of homicides of prostituted women in the community have also been documented.

In an effort to reduce prostitution, the New Castle Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police have conducted at least two reverse stings since 2007. Both operations were conducted at street level, using female undercover officers as decoys. Following the operations, all of the john’s names were released the public.

Key Partners

  • New Castle Police
  • Lawrence County Drug Task Force Special Investigations Unit
  • Pennsylvania State Police

Key Sources

  • Street-Level Reverse Stings with Shaming:
  • Background on Prostitution in the Area:
    • “5 Charged in Sex Ring,” Philadelphia Daily News, December 9 1983.
    • “Prostitution Causes Problems,” Washington Observer-Reporter, May 27 1994.
    • “Six Facing Prostitution Charges Following Sting,” New Castle News, November 1 2001.
    • “Dear Johns…,” New Castle News, November 17 2001.
    • “City Woman Faces Prostitution Charge,” New Castle News, January 15 2002.
    • “Three Arrested for Prostitution,” New Castle News, May 10 2006.
    • “Three Plead Guilty to Prostitution,” New Castle News, June 27 2007.
    • “Two Face Prostitution Charges,” New Castle News, August 26 2009.
    • “Three Arrested for Alleged Prostitution,” New Castle News, April 24 2012.
    • “Two Charged in Prostitution Case,” New Castle News, February 28 2013.
    • “Two Women Face Prostitution Charges,” New Castle News, June 21 2013.
    • “Woman Arrested for Prostitution,” New Castle News, June 26 2013.
    • “Woman Charged for Drugs, Prostitution,” New Castle News, June 28 2013.
    • “Police Charge Women with Prostitution,” New Castle News, July 9 2013.
    • “Woman Arrested for Prostitution,” New Castle News, July 17 2013.
    • “Woman Charged with Prostitution,” New Castle News, August 17 2013.
    • “Woman Faces Prostitution Charge,” New Castle News, February 13 2014.
    • “Woman Facing Prostitution, Drug Charges,” New Castle News, April 9 2014.
    • “Man, Woman Face Prostitution Charge,” New Castle News, June 20 2014.
    • “Woman Charged with Prostitution,” New Castle News, July 10 2014.
  • Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 24411
Location
Comments are closed.