Ashland, OR

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Ashland, a small city of about 21,000 residents, is located in Jackson County along the Interstate 5 corridor in Southwestern Oregon. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the city. Among the more serious crimes associated with the area’s commercial sex market is child sexual exploitation.

Local law enforcement agencies have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which provides the revenue stream driving all prostitution and sex trafficking. For example, in 2010, a web-based reverse sting was conducted, leading to the arrest of 13 sex buyers. According to reports, the men had met with two prostituted women during “outcalls” at either the men’s homes and/or local motels. The arrested offenders were charged with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor. The names and ages of the arrested sex buyers were later released to local media outlets.

In April, 2022, a months long undercover operation to identify suspects victimizing children online led to five arrests for attempting to meet and have sex with juveniles in Jackson County. The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force made the arrests over a two-day period. One of the arrested men indicated he wanted to provide the underage child with illegal narcotics and to engage in sexual activity. During this investigation, an individual was discovered trading nearly 400 child pornography videos of prepubescent children.

Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Local Prostitution, Child Sexual Exploitation, Related CSAM:

State Oregon
Type City
Population 21138
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