Washington, 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

Washington is a city in Western Pennsylvania with roughly 13,000 residents. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and other communities in the area (e.g., Charleroi). This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking. 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. Washington police conducted at least two reverse sting operations between 2010 and 2012.  The identities of the arrestees, along with their ages and addresses, were released by police and published in news accounts.  News archives indicate that the first reverse sting in the city occurred in 1976.

Key Partners

  • Washington Police Department
  • Washington County District Attorney’s Office
State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 13176
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