Susquehanna Township, PA

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

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 site for “escorts.”

State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 25107
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