Biloxi, MS

Tactics Used

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

Biloxi is a city of approximately 45,000 residents, situated in southern Mississippi’s Harrison County near Gulfport. Prostitution activity, including cases of alleged sex trafficking of adults and minors and assaults on individuals selling sex, has been reported in the community for several years.

Though their efforts to target demand for prostitution appear limited, the Biloxi Police Department has conducted at least one local street-level reverse sting, and at least two web-based sting that resulted in the arrest of multiple men. In October 1995, BPD officers staged a street-level operation using a female undercover officer as a decoy, and intercepted 23 johns after the men attempted to purchase sex from her. It is unclear if the arrestees’ identities were disclosed to the public at the time of their arrests.

November, 2009, seventeen people were arrested for charges involving drugs and prostitution in Jackson County.  The undercover string involved police agencies from all along the gulf coast and targeted escort service and individuals listed on Craig’s List. The agencies involved included the Biloxi Police, as well as the police departments of D’Iberville, Gulfport Police, and Ocean Springs, the Sheriff’s Offices of Jackson County and Harrison County, and the multi-jurisdictional Jackson County Narcotics Task Force All arrested agreed to sexual acts in exchange for money once they met undercover officers.

In June, 2012, Biloxi police arrested thirteen people in a prostitution sting. Seven men and six women were taken into custody for prostitution or solicitation, including men who drove the women to meet clients at a hotel. Several also faced misdemeanor drug charges.

 

Key Partners

  • Biloxi Police Department
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
  • Jackson County Narcotics Task Force
  • Harrison County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

  • “Shopping for Sex Gets 23 People Carted off by Police,” Biloxi Sun Herald, October 31 1995.
  • http://www.wlox.com/story/11461606/17-arrested-in-prostitution-sting

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Sex Bust, 16 Face Charges in Multi-Agency Sting Targeting Escort Services,” Biloxi Sun Herald, November 20 2004.
  • “Police Say Some Escort Agencies Serve as Prostitution Fronts, But These Two Insist: We Are Legit, ‘We Are Respectable Women with Respectable Jobs,'” Biloxi Sun Herald, November 21 2004.
  • “Police: Ample Evidence, Charges on Escorts Will Hold up, Officers Say,” Biloxi Sun Herald, November 23 2004.
  • “6 in Escort Case Fail to Appear,” Biloxi Sun Herald, January 25 2005.
  • “Sex Bust Nets 11 Women, Drivers Were Propositioned,” Biloxi Sun Herald, September 29 2007.
  • “13 Arrested in Prostitution Sting in Biloxi,” Biloxi Sun Herald, June 28 2012.
  • “Former Biloxian Accused of Promoting Prostitution,” Biloxi Sun Herald, February 13 2014.
  • http://www.wlox.com/story/11461606/17-arrested-in-prostitution-sting (Nov. 2009)
  • http://blog.al.com/live/2009/11/17_arrested_in_craigs_list_pro.html (Nov. 2009)

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Man Gets Probation for Assaulting Prostitute,” Biloxi Sun Herald, July 14 2010.
State Mississippi
Type City
Population 44578
Location
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