Rochester, NH

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

Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, located in southeastern New Hampshire, about 15 miles inland from the Atlantic Coast and abutting the city of Dover, the seat of Strafford County.  As of the 2020 census, the population of Rochester was approximately 31,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been well documented in the southeastern part of the state. In response, demand reduction tactics have been used in the city.  For example, in July, 2021, a 76-year-old man was arrested and jailed after a judge at Strafford County Superior Court found there was clear and convincing evidence his release would endanger the public. The man was accused of having multiple sexual abuse images of children at his residence and prosecutors say he was actively trying to recruit children for sexual abuse, including acts of prostitution. The man was allegedly caught talking to a six-year-old girl and touching her at Rochester Commons. The girl’s mother called the police. Court documents show Rochester police began investigating the man for the possession of child sex abuse images after a Verizon Wireless employee observed text messages on two phones which were related to human trafficking. They included prostitution and requests to meet a minor. The Strafford County Attorney outlined the case against the man, including a house “allegedly filled with child pornography.”

Key Partners

  • Rochester Police Department
State New Hampshire
Type City
Population 31305
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