Brooksville, FL

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Brooksville is a suburb of Tampa, Florida, in Hernando County. Its population is about 9,000 residents. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. For example, 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. Police may seize the vehicles of arrested sex buyers, and the names, ages, and other details about the arrested sex buyers have been released to the news 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 by police as the reasons for conducting the crackdown.

Key Partners

  • Brooksville Police Department
    • Criminal Investigation Division

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Auto Seizure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

  • “Man Faces Charges of Lewd Acts,” St. Petersburg Times, October 24 1991.
  • “Motel Owner in Hernando County Jail on Sex Charges Involving Teen-ager,” St. Petersburg Times, October 24 1991.
  • “Innkeeper Charged in Tryst with Teenager,” Tampa Tribune, October 26 1991.
  • “Woman Charged in Teen Sex Plot,” St. Petersburg Times, October 26 1991.

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Police Chief Goes Undercover to Help with Prostitution Arrests,” St. Petersburg Times, May 13 2003.
  • “Three Brooksville Women Charged with Prostitution,” St. Petersburg Times, March 30 2006.
  • “Suspicious Woman Arrested in Known Prostitution Area,” Hernando Today, March 16 2010.
  • “4 Women Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Tampa Bay Times, July 7 2012.

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Body Is Identified as a Tampa Woman,” St. Petersburg Times, March 27 1987.
State Florida
Type City
Population 9109
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