Southington is a town of approximately 43,000 residents, situated near Waterbury and Meriden in Hartford County, Connecticut. In recent years, law enforcement and community members have reported problems with prostitution activity arranged online and occurring in and around local hotels and motels.
Following a series of complaints from residents and business owners in late fall 2014, the Southington Police Department staged a web-based reverse sting to arrest johns. During the operation, a female undercover officer “posing as a prostitute set up meetings with several men at a local motel.” Six men were arrested after arriving at the motel and offering the officer money in exchange for sex. All of the men’s names, ages, and arrest photos were released the public.
- Southington Police Department
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “‘Johns’ Arrested in Southington Undercover Prostitution Sting,” CBS/WFSB-TV 3, November 17 2014.
- “Southington Police Arrest 6 in Prostitution Bust,” NBC/WVIT-TV 30, November 17 2014.
- “Southington Police Arrest 6 in Undercover Prostitution Investigation,” Hartford Courant, November 17 2014.
- “Police Arrest 6 Men in Prostitution Sting,” Meriden Herald-Journal, November 18 2014.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Southington Police: Alleged Hookers Were Advertising as ‘Escorts’,” New Britain Herald, September 22 2014.
- “Three Charged with Prostitution in Police Operation in Southington,” Meriden Herald-Journal, September 23 2014.
- “Man Charged in False Report of Southington Home Invasion,” NBC/WVIT-TV 30, September 25 2014.
- “3 Women Charged with Prostitution during Investigation at Southington Motel,” CBS/WFSB-TV 3, October 20 2014.