Riverside is a city of approximately 25,000 residents, located east of Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio. In recent years, local residents have noted and complained to local law enforcement about prostitution occurring in some areas of the city.
In April 2014, officers from the Riverside Police Department conducted a web-based reverse sting to intercept johns attempting to purchase sex online. According to reports, “the sting took about a month to coordinate and was done in response to several complaints about prostitution. The investigation uncovered many ‘players’ using Backpage.com for prostitution… Within minutes of posting the ad, police received almost two dozen responses” to the listing. Ultimately six individuals, including at least one sex buyer, were arrested. All of the offenders’ names were released to the public.
When asked for comment about the operation, an RPD representative stated:
“In Riverside, we’re not going to put up with that, we’re going to search you out, we’re going to find you and we’re going to eliminate this problem.”
- Riverside Police Department
- Dayton Police Department
- U.S. Office of Special Investigations
- Web-Based Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area: