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Susquehanna Township is a township of approximately 25,000 residents, located in Dauphin County in the suburbs of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Among the documented problems associated with the local prostitution market has been a 2013 case in which a man responding to a Craigslist prostitution ad was robbed. In June 2011, the Susquehanna Police Department conducted a web sting to identify and apprehend local sex buyers. In collaboration with the Dauphin County Adult Probation Office, police made arrangements with men attempting to solicit sex online. A female officer then posed as a prostituted woman and agreed to meet eight sex buyers at a local hotel. As they arrived, they were arrested by law enforcement. To deter other would-be sex buyers, police released their names and other identifying information to the local media.
In August 2016, a series of advertisements on the Internet led to the arrests of 14 people for prostitution-related offenses at a series of hotels throughout Susquehanna Township. The operations were conducted in response to numerous complaints from area hotel managers saying they were having a problem with “sex purchasers.” Police announced the arrests of 11 men, many from the Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg areas, for patronizing a prostitute and charged three women with prostitution. Undercover officers placed decoy ads on the sitefor “escorts.”
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “8 Men Facing Charges After Prostitution Sting in Dauphin County”, The Daily Press, June 27 2011.
- https://www.pennlive.com/news/undercover_prostitution_sting (2016)
Background on Local Prostitution:
- http://fox43.com/3-arrested-in-swatara-township-prostitution-sting (2013)