Brooksville, FL

Tactics Used

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

Brooksville is a suburb of Tampa, Florida, in Hernando County. Its population is about 8,000 residents. The Brooksville Police Department has conducting street-level reverse stings in response to citizen complaints, and as a means of rates of drug and prostitution-related homicides in certain areas of the city.

To combat consumer level demand for commercial sex that drives the markets for prostitution and sex trafficking (and that provides a revenue stream for illicit drug trafficking), police may seize the vehicles of arrested sex buyers, and the names, ages, and other details about the johns are released to the media.  For example, 32 men were arrested during a five-day sting in 2008 dubbed “Operation Working Woman” by the Brooksville Police Department.  Officers targeted two areas , the intersection of Jefferson Street and Ponce De Leon Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in south Brooksville.  The arrested men were from all over the North Suncoast, from places as far away as Inverness, New Port Richey, Homosassa and Spring Hill.  The men were described as from all income levels and occupations, and ranged in age from 20 to 78. Each of the men arrested approached an undercover female officer and offered money in exchange for a variety of sex acts.  The men were each charged with a single count of solicitation for prostitution, a misdemeanor. Prostitution-related homicides and numerous complaints about criminal activity from nearby residents were cited as the reasons for police conducting the crackdown.

Key Partners

  • Brooksville Police Department
    • Criminal Investigation Division

Key Sources

State Florida
Type City
Population 7919
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