Seekonk, MA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Seekonk is a town of approximately 16,000 residents, located in Bristol County, Massachusetts along the Rhode Island border. Prostitution activity, including the sex trafficking of both minors and adults, has been a well-documented problem in the city for decades. Consumer demand drives all sex trafficking, and in an effort to curtail demand for commercial sex, the Seekonk Police Department has conducted street-level and web-based reverse stings to identify and apprehend sex buyers. For example, in March 2016, SPD officers, with the support of detectives from the Somerset and Swansea police departments, the Human Trafficking Task Force of Rhode Island, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Detectives Anti-Crime Unit, arrested 11 men in Seekonk on charges of seeking sex for a fee. The 11 men responded to advertisements on social media posted by the Human Trafficking Task Force of Rhode Island. All 11 suspects were taken to the Seekonk Police Department for booking, and the names, ages, and home addresses of the alleged sex buyers are released to news outlets. Other law enforcement agencies also involved in the investigation included the Mattapoisett, Marion and Fairhaven police departments, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Key Partners

  • Seekonk Police Department
  • Somerset Police Department
  • Swansea Police Department
  • Human Trafficking Task Force of Rhode Island
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Detectives Anti-Crime Unit
  • Mattapoisett Police Department
  • Marion Police Department
  • Fairhaven Police Department
  • Department of Homeland Security

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Motel Sting Leads to 7 Arrests for Prostitution,” Providence Journal, January 23 2008.
  • “Seekonk Police Charge Seven with Prostitution,” Attleboro Sun Chronicle, January 24 2008.
  • “Seekonk Police Arrest Two Men and Three Women in Prostitution Sting,” Attleboro Sun Chronicle, November 15 2013.

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 15702
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