Meridian, ID

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

Meridian is a suburb of Boise, Idaho.  It has a population of about 75,000 and is located in the southwest portion of the state.  Reverse stings have occurred in the city as a method of combating local problems with prostitution and sex trafficking.  In 2011, detectives conducted a sting using a website and arrested 12 johns and prostituted women.   Police said “there’s an obvious demand in the Treasure Valley,” and they had difficulty setting up appointments with prostituted women because the women were so busy servicing real sex buyers.   Among the documented types of victimization faced by the providers of commercial sex is being locked in people’s houses, and not being allowed to leave unless they do what the “customers” want.  People who sell or buy sex are charged with misdemeanors in Idaho, until their third prostitution arrest, when it becomes a felony.

In November 2020, a reverse sting was was carried out on the 1800 block of South Silverstone Way, with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security and Idaho State Police Fusion Center.  Three men were arrested on misdemeanor charges of patronizing a prostitute, and their identities were disclosed in news releases.


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State Idaho
Type City
Population 75308
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