Big Lake, MN

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

Big Lake is a city of approximately 12,000 residents, located 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Sherburne County, Minnesota. In November 2007, the Big Lake Police Department conducted a web-based reverse sting resulting in the arrest of one sex buyer. The BLPD released the man’s name and identifying information to the media. Prostitution is not considered a major local problem, although it has occurred in the city and generated complaints to police, investigations, and arrests. 

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Minnesota
Type City
Population 12198
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