Revere, MA

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

Revere is a city of approximately 59,000 residents, located on the Atlantic coast near Boston, Massachusetts.  Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and neighboring communities for decades.  For example, in November, 2012 the owners of two massage parlors, one in Wellesley and the other in Revere, were arrested in connection with human trafficking and prostitution.  In June, 2017  three people were arrested and charged with human trafficking for sexual servitude following a six-month long investigation into crimes committed in Revere and other locations in the area. Representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston Police, Revere Police, Woburn Police and U.S. Immigration and Naturalization collaborated on the investigation. In April, 2021, a 56 year old woman was arrested and faced multiple charges for allegedly running a prostitution business out of the day spa she owned; the charges included trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution, money laundering and conspiracy. In September, 2021, a Revere woman has been indicted for allegedly operating a day spa in the city as a front for a sex trafficking operation; two of her employees, both men who live in Massachusetts, were also arrested and faced with sexual assault charges.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response.  To identify and apprehend local sex buyers driving the prostitution and sex trafficking markets, the Revere Police Department has conducted reverse stings.  For example, in June, 2019 an investigation in Revere that targeted individuals soliciting women to engage in sexual conduct for a fee resulted in 11 arrests.  Revere’s substantial hotel sector was a factor in conducting the investigation, according to police.

In February, 2022, six men were arrested at a Revere hotel in a web-based reverse sting operation in which law enforcement officers posed as prostituted women. The men came from six communities north of Boston. Each were arrested on a charge of sexual conduct for a fee. The undercover operation was carried out by state police in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies.   The identities of all six arrested sex buyers were included in news releases.

Key Partners

  • Revere Police Department
  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • Boston Police Department
  • Woburn Police Department
  • Massachusetts State Police
State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 59075
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