Albany is a city of approximately 50,000 residents, situated south of Salem along the Interstate 5 corridor in Oregon. Prostitution appears to be substantial in the city, judging by the results of recent investigations. Sex trafficking has also been documented.
In May 2012, officers from the Albany Police Department conducted their first web sting. Officers made contact with men attempting to solicit sex on Backpage.com, and arranged to meet the johns at a local hotel. When the men arrived and attempted to enter the designated hotel room, they were apprehended by police. A total of 10 men were arrested; their names were publicized by local media outlets. Each of the johns was also fined $1,000, and forced to forfeit any money in his possession at the time of the arrest.
- Web-Based Reverse Sting:
- “An Albany First: Online Prostitution Sting”, Albany Democrat-Herald, May 19 2012.
- “Man Fined in Prostitution Sting”, Albany Democrat-Herald, June 15 2012.
- “Prostitution Sting Yields Three More Pleas in Court”, Albany Democrat-Herald, June 21 2012.
- “Corvallis Man Pleads Guilty in Albany Prostitution Case”, Albany Democrat-Herald, July 30 2012.
- “Corvallis Man Pleads Guilty, Fined $1,000 for Soliciting Prostitution”, Albany Democrat-Herald, August 14 2012.
- “No Program in Albany”, Albany Democrat-Herald, March 29 2014.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution adn Sex Trafficking in the Area: