Poughkeepsie, NY

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

  • Poughkeepsie Police Department

Key Sources

State New York
Type City
Population 32736
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