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Salem is a town of approximately 29,000 residents, located along New Hampshire’s Rockingham County, near Methuen, Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts. Prostitution activity, both internet and storefront business-based, has been reported in the community for years. For example, in early 2014, Salem drew significant attention when five men were arrested at a local hotel for their involvement in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl. The traffickers and victim had reportedly traveled to Salem from the Boston area, and had advertised the victim on a website known for prostitution advertisements. The Salem Police Department launched the investigation after receiving a tip from Boston Police, who had reportedly been tracking the victim’s movements on Facebook. In October 2015, two of the men involved pled guilty to “crimes involving transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution.” Both entered into plea agreements binding them each to eight years in prison.
Among the ways in which the community has responded has been the use of demand reduction tactics. Although local efforts to curtail the underlying consumer-level demand for prostitution remain limited, SPD officers have conducted at least one investigation that proactively targeted sex buyers. In November 2011, officers monitoring Salem hotels for illegal activity arrested a man after stopping him as he left a hotel room. Arrested sex buyer ultimately pled guilty to “soliciting a prostitute.” The man’s identity was publicly disclosed.
- Salem Police Department
Arrest of Sex Buyers, Identity Disclosure:
- “Alleged Prostitute Granted Immunity to Testify,” New Hampshire Union Leader, November 17 2011.
- “Lawyer in Prostitute Case Opts for Jury Trial,” New Hampshire Union Leader, March 14 2012.
- “Lawyer Wants Prostitution Case Heard by Jury in Superior Court,” Salem Observer, March 15 2012.
- “Lawyer Asks Judge to Throw out Prostitution, Hindering Charges,” New Hampshire Union Leader, March 6 2013.
- “Concord Lawyer to Plead Guilty to Prostitution Charge,” New Hampshire Union Leader, March 25 2013.
- “Lawyer Pleads Guilty, Pays Fine in Salem Prostitution Case,” New Hampshire Union Leader, April 2 2013.
- “Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Salem Prostitution Case,” North Andover Eagle-Tribune, April 2 2013.
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Salem Police Charge Two Mass. Men in Human Trafficking Case,” New Hampshire Union Leader, February 4 2014.
- “Man Pleads Guilty in Prostitution Case Involving Underage Runaway,” New Hampshire Union Leader, August 7 2015.
- “Police Bust Prostitution Ring in Hotel where Missing Girl, 15, Is Found,” Derry News, August 10 2015.
- “Two Mass. Men Plead Guilty to Charges Stemming from Salem Prostitution Sting,” North Andover Eagle-Tribune, October 22 2015.
- “Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Prostituting Teen,” Salem Patch, December 2 2015.
- “Project Safe Childhood – Massachusetts Men Sentenced for Human Trafficking,” Press Release, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire, March 24 2016.
- “Boston Men Sentenced for Trafficking Teen for Prostitution in New Hampshire,” Boston Globe, March 25 2016.
- http://www.unionleader.com/crime/Police-Human-trafficking-on-the-rise-in-New-Hampshire-04092018 (April 2018)
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Spa Owner, Employee Face Prostitution Charges,” New Hampshire Union Leader, May 17 2011.
- “Spa Owner, Worker Charged in Sex Sting,” Salem Observer, May 18 2011.
- “Woman Pleads Guilty to Pair of Prostitution-Related Charges,” New Hampshire Union Leader, June 22 2011.
- “Masseuse Goes for Plea Deal, Salem Felony Charges Dropped in Spa Sex Case,” Salem Observer, June 23 2011.
- “Ex-Masseuse Pleads Guilty to Obscenity Charge,” New Hampshire Union Leader, July 28 2011.
- “Man, Woman Charged in Salem Prostitution Case,” New Hampshire Union Leader, September 6 2011.
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