Bozeman, MT

Tactics Used

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

Bozeman, Montana, has a population of about 45,000, and is located in the south-central part of the state, and abuts Yellowstone Park.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented in the city and surrounding Gallatin County, and in response, police have included operations targeting demand for commercial sex. In August, 2018 a web-based reverse sting operation was conducted that targeted human trafficking in Bozeman and throughout Gallatin County.  Seven men were arrested after allegedly responding to advertisements posted on websites frequented for facilitating sexual contacts. Law enforcement officials say the operation focused on the targeting of demand for illicit commercial sex. During this operation, the advertisement received over 50 inquiries for various sexual acts and on the day of the operation, numerous “dates” were scheduled.  Sex buyers who arrived at the agreed-upon location met with an undercover law enforcement officer who posed as the trafficking victim. The identities of the arrested men were included in press releases. The operation was conducted by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations.  Anyone with information regarding trafficking operations or victims of human trafficking is asked to contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2121, the Bozeman Police Department at Policetips@bozeman.net, or the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-373-7888.

Key Partners

  • Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bozeman Police Department
  • Homeland Security Investigations
State Montana
Type City
Population 45250
Location
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