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Brazoria County is a county in the Gulf-Coast region of Texas and has a population of approximately 380,000 residents. Brazoria County is included in the Houston–The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan statistical area. The county seat is Angleton, TX. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the county. For example, in 2017 two men were taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals on charges of sex trafficking of minors. Both sex traffickers were indicted on prostitution charges by a Brazoria County grand jury, but after further investigation, those charges were dismissed and replaced by federal charges of sex trafficking of minors.
The county has also implemented tactics such as reverse stings to reduce the demand for commercial sex and sex trafficking in Brazoria County. Since 1997, at least three street-level reverse stings have been conducted in by the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Bay City Police Department and the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department. Complaints from the community have played a role in implementation of prostitution operations. For example, in 2007 two sex buyers were arrested and charged with one count of solicitation of prostitution respectively as a result of a street-level reverse sting operation conducted by the Bay City Police Department, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department, and the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department.
In response to a survey conducted in 2021 by the NCOSE team for a National Institute of Justice grant to update and expand Demand Forum (Grant #2020-75-CX-0011), representatives from the XXX Police Department reported that they have also implemented vehicle seizures and the use of surveillance cameras specifically designed to address demand.
2021 National Assessment II Survey
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