Rome, NY

Tactics Used

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

Rome is a city in Oneida County, in upstate New York, and has a population of about 32,000. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of Oneida county.  This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies.  Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market are sex trafficking, child endangerment, and violence committed against people involved in these transactions. Sex buyers living in the city have been documented.  For example, in May 2014, a man from Rome was arrested and charged with with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense in a reverse sting in Maryland.

Consumer-level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies in their strategy for prevention and response. For example, in 2019, a man and woman were arrested by Rome police for prostitution at the boat launch on Muck Road. Officers were dispatched to the boat launch at 4 p.m. in response to a complaint of lewd behavior, and they found the vehicle with a 64-year-old that was later charged with public lewdness and third-degree patronizing a prostitute.  His identity was publicly released.

Key Partners

  • Rome Police Department

Key Sources

Arrest and Shaming of Sex Buyers:

Background on prostitution and sex trafficking in the area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New York
Type City
Population 32743
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