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Salina is a town of roughly 33,000 residents, situated in the northwest suburbs of Syracuse in Onondaga County, New York. Although many law enforcement efforts appear to target prostituted women and pimps (specifically those operating within adult-oriented businesses) rather than apprehending sex buyers, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office has previously conducted at least one reverse sting targeting sex buyers.
In September 1988, following a series of investigations into illegal activity at Salina’s Motel 7 Truck Stop, OCSO deputies sent a female police investigator undercover to stroll the facility’s parking lot. During the sting, the decoy was propositioned for acts of prostitution by five truckers. Each of the men was charged with solicitation. Following their arrests, all of the men’s names, ages, and hometowns were publicized by the Syracuse Post-Standard, who also noted that the female operative had recorded the solicitations on a hidden microphone during the operation.
A more recent reverse sting operation suggests that local law enforcement may have a renewed interest in addressing the demand component of the commercial sex market. In March and July of 2016, stings were conducted by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police that resulted in the arrest of eight people charged with patronizing a prostitute. The men are accused of going to hotels in the town of Salina and agreeing to pay police decoys between $70 and $260 for sex. The operation occurred in response to complaints from residents about prostitution services and human trafficking, according to the sheriff’s office. The names, ages, and home addresses of the arrestees were released to news outlets. One of the men arrested in this operation was a former dean at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He was removed from this role by the university and placed on administrative leave from his faculty position until further notice following his arrest.
- Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office
- New York State Police
Street-Level Reverse Stings with Identity Disclosure:
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Five Truckers,” Syracuse Post-Standard, September 10 1988
- “8 people, including former SU dean, face charges following prostitution sting,” Syracuse.com, September 21, 2016.
- “8 men charged for seeking prostitutes in Salina after months-long investigation,” CNYCentral, September 21, 2016.
- “New details on prostitution sting that arrested SU dean, 7 others,” Syracuse.com, September 21, 2016
- https://www.syracuse.com/former_su_dean_charged_in_prostitution_sting_appears_in_court (2017)
- https://www.citrustv.com/news/newslive/articles/kavajecz-arrested-on-prostitution-charges (2016)
- https://www.brill-legal.com/2018/03/former-syracuse-university-dean-charged-with-prostitution/ (2018)
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Cops Crack down on Drugs, Prostitution at Motel,” Syracuse Herald American, February 21 1988.
- “Police Nab Trio in Raid at Motel 7,” Syracuse Post-Standard, April 7 1988.
- “Central Square Man Faces Charges for Prostitution Ring,” Syracuse Herald-Journal, November 4 1995.
- “Body Rub Measure Studied; Salina Officials Act as Syracuse Gets Ready to Enforce Regulation of Massage Parlors,” Syracuse Post-Standard, September 7 1998.
- “6 Arrested in Lingerie Shop Probe; Officials Say Salina Store’s Back Room Was Site of Prostitution by Models,” Syracuse Post-Standard, January 27 2000.
- “Six Face Prostitution Charges,” NBC/WSTM-TV 3, November 20 2009.
- “Owners, Employees of New York Body Rub Face Prostitution-Related Charges,” Syracuse Post-Standard, November 21 2009.
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area: