Delhi, NY

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

Delhi is a town in Delaware County, New York. The town has a population of fewer than 3,000 residents and contains The State University of New York at Delhi.

Local law enforcement has stated that prostitution has not appeared to be a severe problem in the town over the prior 15 years, but it does occur and has generated complaints to police. Previously, a serial killer of prostituted women lived in the village when he was paroled from the maximum-security Greenhaven state prison in 1987 and moved to the rural village of Delhi, where he took an apartment above a department store on Main Street. The public outcry from the paroled killer moving into the village caused him to move to an initially undisclosed, larger city. The man was subsequently charged in the serial killings of eight women and was the prime suspect in three more murders in Rochester, NY, and surrounding areas. At least nine of the eleven alleged victims of Arthur Shawcross were prostituted women and girls he had killed between 1988 and 1990.

Consumer-level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and sex buyers have been arrested in Delhi. For example, in August 2019, the Village of Delhi Police Department announced the arrest of a sex buyer in connection with a prostitution incident earlier in the month. A woman had been arrested in the town for prostitution. She had been solicited by a man and initially declined until a price was negotiated. She contacted police while the buyer was en route to her residence and showed officers text messages detailing her interactions with him. The man was arrested and charged with third-degree patronizing of a person for prostitution, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and driving while impaired by drugs. His identity was included in news reports.

Key Partners

  • Village of Delhi Police Department

Key Sources

Arrest and Identity Disclosure of Sex Buyer:

Background on Local Prostitution and Related Violence:

State New York
Type City
Population 2610
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