Barnstable is a city of approximately 44, residents, located on Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities on Cape Cod. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses, and among the more serious problems associated with commercial sex in the area include sex trafficking.
Eight women came to meet an undercover officer at the hotel on Route in Hyannis. All allegedly agreed to have sex with the officer and accepted money in exchange. The women, ranging in age from 20 to 59, from as far away as Providence and as close as Winter Street in Hyannis, were all charged with prostitution and arraigned over the next several days in Barnstable District Court.
Throughout the three days that police conducted the sting operation, three men were also arrested. The offender recruited women to provide commercial sexual services in hotels and other locations in Randolph, Boston, Braintree and Hyannis.
He had the women post online, including on Back. He would then keep the money and instead provide the women with drugs, mainly heroin.
In a separate case in Februarythe owners of a spa on Waquoit Highway in Falmouth were arrested for allegedly running a prostitution operation out of the business. A similar warrant was executed at the same establishment in September,resulting in one of the owners being charged with several sex trafficking offenses.
In April a man was arrested and charged in Orleans District Court with prostitution, sexual trafficking and assault involving three women he allegedly brought to Cape Cod to have sex with a Dennis man. Dennis police, Randolph police and state police learned that the man was allegedly involved in commercial sex trafficking when three women told police they were brought to a home in Dennis at various times and had sex with the homeowner in exchange for money.
At one point, one of the women had sex with the pimp in front of the homeowner and one of the women told police the pimp had assaulted her and threatened the victim he had a gun, which she had ly seen in his home. The pimp had used Back. To combat prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, local law enforcement agencies have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which provides the revenue stream driving all commercial sex and trafficking.
To identify and apprehend local sex buyers driving the prostitution and sex trafficking markets, the local police have conducted street-level and web-based reverse stings, some in response to community complaints. Nine men were arrested during reverse sting, and all nine men were charged with one count of paying for sexual conduct.
Another man arrested during the operation had a warrant issued for his arrest after failing to appear for a court hearing at Barnstable District Court. It was originally developed by Dr.