Bay City, TX

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

Bay City is a city of approximately 18,000 residents, located near Houston in southeastern Texas’ Matagorda County. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies.  Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. In conjunction with the Matagorda County and Brazoria County Sheriffs’ Departments, the Bay City Police Department has conducted at least 3 street-level reverse sting operations since 1997. In an effort to deter sex buyers from reoffending, police officers have at times released the names and ages of arrestees to local media outlets.  Complaints from the community play a role in police conducting prostitution operations.

Key Partners

  • Bay City Police Department
  • Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department
  • Wharton Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the City:

  • “Police Nab 4 in Prostitution Sting”, Bay City Tribune, July 1 2001.
  • “Police Arrest 3 in Prostitution Sting”, Victoria Advocate, July 22 2004.
  • “Sting Nets Six in Bay City”, Victoria Advocate, August 30 2005.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets 5”, Bay City Tribune, September 4 2007.
  • “Five Women Arrested for Prostitution”, Victoria Advocate, September 6 2007.
State Texas
Type City
Population 17882
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