In an effort to reduce demand for prostituted women, local law enforcement have conducted web-based reverse stings. In January 2008, media outlets reported that “66 people had been arrested during a nine-month investigation by into ads on Craigslist.com that offered sexual services at local hotels” and that “hotels in the town of Greenburgh, city of Rye and villages of Rye Brook and Elmsford were used for the hookups between March and December 2007.” The identities of the individuals arrested were not released, but law enforcement stated that “the men snared in the roundup included medical professionals, business owners, real estate developers and civil servants.”
- Rye Brook Police Department
- Westchester County Sheriff’s Office
- Rye Police Department
- Greenburgh Police Department
- Elmsford Police Department
- Web-Based Reverse Stings:
- “Task Forced Yields Prostitution Related Arrests”, Joint Press Release, Greenburgh, Rye, Rye Brook and Elmsford Police Departments, January 11 2008.
- “Johns Sting Nets DEP Officer”, New York Daily News, January 13 2008.
- “Online Hooker Ring Is Nailed”, New York Post, January 13 2008.
- “Local Prostitution Stomped Out; Numerous Arrests Made, over $21,000 Seized”, Rye Sound Shore Review, January 25 2008.