Ashland, KY

Tactics Used

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

Ashland is a city of about 20,000 residents located at the northeastern tip of Kentucky along the Ohio and West Virginia borders, near Huntington. Ashland is the largest city in Boyd County. At least one reverse sting has been conducted there, leading to the arrest of two sex buyers. The operation, conducted at street level, employed a female police informant wearing a recording device. As men solicited the decoy, they were arrested by Ashland Police. Following the investigation, both of the men’s names were released to the public.

In April 2014, members of the local media reported that the APD had stepped up police patrols in at least one city neighborhood after residents complained about chronic prostitution in front of their homes and businesses. A police representative noted that the department had issued 17 citations for prostitution-related offenses in 2014, but did not clarify how many (if any) of the citations were given to sex buyers.

In February 2017, five suspects were charged with prostitution following a 10-day undercover sting by Ashland Police. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section posted a personal ad on the web. Suspects who responded to the ad and arranged a meeting were  arrested upon contact at the location by detectives of the Ashland Police Department. Five people were charged with prostitution, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Key Partners

  • Ashland Police Department

Key Sources

Reverse stings:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Kentucky
Type City
Population 20626
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