New London, CT

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

New London is a community in coastal Connecticut with a population of approximately 28,000 residents. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented local problems; several prostitution-related robberies and homicides have also been documented.

A wide range of tactics have been employed to reduce consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which drives both prostitution and sex trafficking. The first known reverse sting in New London occurred in 1983. That year, two reversals produced the arrest of 23 sex buyers. Operations have continued periodically. For example, a reverse sting in 1983 lasting 2.5 hours produced the arrest of 5 sex buyers. According to a National Assessment survey response from the New London Police Department in 2012, a Neighborhood Watch program addressing demand was begun in 1998, a public awareness campaign started in 2001, auto seizures in 2006, and web-based reversals in 2009.

Key Partners

  • New London Police Department
  • Statewide Narcotics Task Force – Eastern District

Key Sources

National Assessment Survey (2012)

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Neighborhood Action:


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:

State Connecticut
Type City
Population 27635
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