Poughkeepsie is a city of approximately 33,000 residents, situated midway between New York City and Albany in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Prostitution has been identified as a problem in the city for decades, and is seen by residents and civic leaders as among the key components of community degradation, and the loss of local business investment and population. A serial killer of prostitutes drew national attention both to the presence of prostitution in the city and to the dangers posed to those engaged in commercial sex. Cases of sex trafficking are also documented in the city, including regional and international human trafficking rings and circuits. The Poughkeepsie Police Department has been conducting reverse stings since 1977, and releases the identities of the men arrested to local news outlets.
- Poughkeepsie Police Department
- Reverse Stings:
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Police Blotter”, Newburgh Evening News, January 23 1981.
- “Disappearance of Women May Be Linked, Police Say”, Buffalo News, November 22 1997.
- “7 Women Missing in Hudson Valley”, Schenectady Daily Gazette, August 31 1998.
- “Poughkeepsie Man Linked to Slayings of Eight Women”, New York Times, September 3 1998.
- “Police Are Criticized as Poughkeepsie House Yields Corpses”, New York Times, September 4 1998.
- “Poughkeepsie, in a Long Tailspin, Now Copes with a Clouded Image”, New York Times, October 5 1998.
- “Officials Mull Strategy in Serial-Murder Case”, Youngstown Vindicator, October 14 1998.
- “Poughkeepsie Working on Tattered Image; Town Seeks to Correct Decades of Miscues in Public Policy”, Baltimore Sun, February 15 1999.
- “Prostitution Still Problem in the City”, Poughkeepsie Journal, August 8 2000.
- “100 Pledge to Battle City Crime”, Poughkeepsie Journal, June 26 2006.
- “4 Women Charged with Prostitution”, Poughkeepsie Journal, October 18 2006.
- “Guardian Angels to Begin City Patrols”, Poughkeepsie Journal, February 19 2007.
- “Police: Killings Share Traits”, Poughkeepsie Journal, September 9 2007.
- “Mystery of 8 Missing Women Drew Wide Notoriety”, Poughkeepsie Journal, September 2 2008.