Ashland is a small city of about 21,000 residents located in southwestern Oregon, in Jackson County, along the Interstate 5 corridor near the California border. A web-based reverse sting was conducted in the city in 2010. An investigation into a prostitution ring in the area led to the arrest of 13 sex buyers. The 13 men had met with two prostituted women during “outcalls” at the men’s homes and at motels. The names were sent to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and the evidence led to the men being charged with soliciting prostitution. The names and ages of the arrested sex buyers were later released to media outlets.
- Ashland Police Department
- Jackson County District Attorney’s Office
Reverse Stings, Shaming:
- Ashland Daily Tidings, “6 Indicted on Prostitution Charges,” September 22, 2010.
- Ashland Daily Tidings, “13 Men, 2 Women Involved in Ashland Prostitution Ring: $90 to $200 Appointments Took Place in June,” July 30, 2010.
- Mailtribune.com, “Prostitution Ring Allegedly Run Through Craigslist Site,” July 8, 2010.
- Statesmanjournal.com, Alleged Ashland Prostitution Ring Names Sent to DA, August 2, 2010.
- http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20100922/NEWS/9220326 (September 2010)
Background on Local Prostitution:
- https://theroguenews.com/15379/arts-enter/sin-city-of-the-west-ashland-oregon/ (2013)
- https://www.herald-dispatch.com/5-charged-with-prostitution-after-sting-in-ashland (2017)
- https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/three-crowd-worcester-woman-arrested-after-police-say-ashland-sex-rendezvous-goes-awry (2021)