Waterbury, CT

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Waterbury is a city of approximately 107,000 residents located in western Connecticut. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-known problems in the city, and activity appears to occur primarily indoors in hotels or apartments and arranged online. Commercial sex activity generates numerous complaints to police by residents and businesses.  Among the serious felonies associated with the local commercial sex market has been the activity of a serial killer suspected as the cause of three slain prostituted women discovered in the 1990s in one stretch of woods by the Naugatuck River.

The Waterbury Police Department’s efforts to combat commercial sex have included the use of tactics focused on demand.  For example, in August 2013, local law enforcement agencies participated in a three-day national operation to address commercial child sex trafficking, and juvenile victims were found in Milford, Groton and Waterbury.  Police report that complaints from local residents and businesses are numerous and persistent, and such complaints play a role in police conducting prostitution operations. The WPD has also conducted street-level reverse stings, some of which have produced over 30 john arrests. Police can also seize the vehicles and release the identities of arrested sex buyers.

Key Partners

  • Waterbury Police Department

Key Sources

State Connecticut
Type City
Population 107174
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