Bay City, TX

Tactics Used

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

Bay City is a small city of approximately 17,397 residents, located near Houston in southeastern Texas’ Matagorda County. 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 johns 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

State Texas
Type City
Population 17397
Location
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