October 15 2015

Police to Conduct Stings to Fight Prostitution and Human Trafficking


The Burlington Police Department will be cracking down on prostitution. 


Chief Michael Kent said in a statement that the department will conduct a series of prostitution sweeps over the next several months aimed at dissuading sex trafficking and sex crimes, especially those conducted over the Internet using local hotels as meeting locations.

Burlington Police will commence the operation, using several prominent Internet classified sites and other resources to generate leads.


"Our eventual goal behind this operation is to have zero arrests," Chief Kent said. "We are a thriving community with a bustling commercial district and several hotels, and we are aware that this can attract the wrong element sometimes. We want people to know that Burlington is not the place to conduct these kinds of activities."


This is not the first time police have conducted such stings in recent memory. In December 2014, Burlington Police arrested seven men and one woman during a Friday evening prostitution sweep, after a Burlington Police Officer posted an ad on an online classifieds website offering sex for a fee.


"We conduct these operations for one reason: Prostitution is not a victimless crime," said Burlington Police Detective Sergeant Timothy McDonough, who leads the operations. “In most cases, the real women behind the online ads are victims of human trafficking. We know that people who torment and exploit women and children use online ads to do their business, and we will continue to be aggressive in pushing sex crimes out of our community."


Those arrested during the operation will be arraigned in Woburn District Court, and, as a further disincentive to potential participants, their names and photos will be distributed to the media.

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