Village of Delhi, NY

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The Village of Delhi is within the town of Delhi, in Delaware County, New York.  The town has a population of roughly 5,000.  Local law enforcement has stated that prostitution does not appear to be a severe problem in the town over the prior 15 years, but 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 child 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 slayings in the city of Rochester, NY, and surrounding areas.  At least nine of the 11 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 the Village.  For example, in August, 2019 the Village of Delhi Police Department announced an 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, and then negotiated a price.  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 a person for prostitution, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs.  His identity was included in news reports.

Key Partners

  • Village of Delhi Police Department
State New York
Type City
Population 4895
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