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.
- Rockland Police Department
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Rockland Prostitution Probe Nets Several Arrests,” Quincy Patriot Ledger, October 26 2008.
- “Rockland Prostitution Sting Nets 13 Arrests,” Brockton Enterprise, October 27 2008.
- “One Alleged Prostitute Is a Former Marshfield High Honor Student,” Brockton Enterprise, October 28 2008.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Rockland Woman Charged with Prostitution,” Quincy Patriot Ledger, August 8 2008.
- “Prostitution Thrives Online on South Shore,” Brockton Enterprise, November 3 2008.
- “Undercover Sting in Rockland Ends in Prostitution Charge,” Abington Mariner, February 1 2013.
- https://959watd.com/rockland-alleged-prostitute-arrested-twice-in-less-than-a-year-as-a-result-of-undercover-sting/ (2013)