Rockland, MA

Tactics Used

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

Rockland is a town of approximately 17,000 residents, located on Massachusetts’ South Shore in Plymouth County near Brockton and Bridgewater. In its efforts to reduce local prostitution, the Rockland Police Department has conducted at least sting targeting sex buyers. In 2008, RPD officers responded to an online ad for sex and arrested two women at a Rockland hotel. Officers then initiated an ad hoc reverse sting, wherein a female officer answered the cell phone they recovered from the women and continued to set up appointments with johns. Eight male customers were arrested as a result; all of their names were publicized by local media outlets.

Key Partners

  • Rockland Police Department

Key Sources

State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 17489
Location
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