Ashland, OR

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

  • Ashland Police Department
  • Jackson County District Attorney’s Office

Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Shaming:

Background on Local Prostitution:

State Oregon
Type City
Population 21056
Location
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