Seekonk, MA

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Seekonk is a town of approximately 14,000 residents, located in Bristol County, Massachusetts along the Rhode Island border. Prostitution activity, including the sex trafficking of both minors and adults, is a well-documented problem in the city.

In an effort to curtail consumer 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

State Massachusetts
Type City
Population 13772
Location
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