Erie County is located in the western part of New York, bordering Lake Erie. The county seat is Buffalo, and the population is around 900,000. The Erie County Sheriff’s office works closely with local police departments in executing reverse sting operations. Though the area began using reverse stings in 1997, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office continues to have issues with the local police stations really committing to sting operations targeting Johns. Buffalo launched one of the first john school program in 1997, as an alternative to jail time for men convicted or soliciting and arrested in reverse sting operations. Today the john school is inactive, due to the infrequency of reverse sting operations producing a lack of participants. Erie County also has Neighborhood Watch programs, and surveillance cameras in use in the Buffalo area.
- Erie County Sheriff’s Department
- Erie County Health Department
- Buffalo Police Department
- National Assessment survey and interviews
- John school:
- Buffalo.John School
- “Community Collaboration at the Buffalo John School”, PowerPoint Presentation, Jacquelyn Andula & Cecilia Kohlmeier, Erie County Health Department – Preventive Health Services.
- “School for Johns Eyed to Fight Prostitution”, Buffalo News, March 30 1996.
- “Editorial: School for Johns Is Wrong Approach to Prostitution”, Buffalo News, April 15 1996.
- “Editorial: Worth Trying – A School for ‘Johns’; Patrons of Prostitutes Could Learn About the Victims”, Buffalo News, April 18 1996.
- “City Tries New Approach to Old Problem”, Buffalo News, October 27 1996.
- “Workable Solutions to the Problems of Street Prostitution in Buffalo, NY”, Report, Buffalo Police Department’s Prostitution Task Force, October 1999.
- “Editorial: Police, DA Work to Counter Prostitution”, Buffalo News, April 21 2000.
- Background on prostitution and sex trafficking in the area:
- Prostitution-related violence, including homicides:
- “Judge Convicts Buffalo Man of Rape and Sodomy in Attack on Prostitute”, Buffalo News, September 22 1994.
- “Suspected Kidnapper Indicted in 2 Murders”, Buffalo News, July 14 2006.
- “Pimp-Drug Dealer Gets Prison Term of 57 Years to Life in Two Slayings”, Buffalo News, January 29 2008.
- “Killer of Two Prostitutes Gets Max”, ABC/WKBW-TV 7, September 27 2013.