Tannersville, 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

Tannersville is a village of approximately 3,000 residents, located in Monroe County, within Pennsylvania’s Pocono Township near Stroudsburg. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the village and in nearby communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates result in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local prostitution market is sex trafficking. For example, in October 2022, detectives said they tracked down a sex trafficker based in Florida after he posted a prostitution ad online, and found one of his sex trafficking victims at a hotel in Tannersville. Officials said the trafficker abused the women and forced them to engage in prostitution in multiple states, from Florida to Pennsylvania and New York. He was convicted and sentenced to spend 33 years in prison on federal sex trafficking charges.

Consumer-level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. Demand reduction tactics used in the town include reverse stings. For example, in August 2015, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, with support from the Pocono Township Police Department, Stroud Area Regional Police, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Children & Youth, FBI, and Valley Against Sex Trafficking, placed decoy advertisements to a website known for prostitution, and arranged to meet those who responded at a Tannersville motel. Law enforcement also responded to at least one advertisement offering prostitution over the course of the investigation. Seven male sex buyers and one woman being exploited through prostitution acts were arrested; all of the arrestees’ names and mugshots were publicized in news sources.

Key Partners

  • Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
  • Pocono Township Police Department
  • Stroud Area Regional Police
  • Monroe County Children & Youth
  • Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Valley Against Sex Trafficking

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Sex Trafficking in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 3424
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