Buffalo, MO

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

Buffalo is a city that serves as the government seat of Dallas County, Missouri. Its population was roughly 3,300 at the 2020 census. Buffalo is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity has been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in other areas of Dallas County. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream the sex trade and its related crimes, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. For example, in December, 2022, a man was arrested for allegedly carrying methamphetamine and “soliciting a prostitute” on Christmas day. The next day he was formally charged with a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of patronizing prostitution. According to a Buffalo Police Department report, an officer was on Facebook “masquerading as an adult female” as a decoy. Boehner allegedly messaged the decoy, exchanged numbers and began texting for days. The suspect suggested that they meet up and make it a weekly occurrence. The officer-backed decoy told the man that he would have to bring condoms, to which the suspect agreed. Around 8:45 p.m. on Christmas Day, the suspect gave a Buffalo address to the decoy and made plans to meet there. The officer showed up and arrested the sex buyer. A vehicle search resulted in a cloth bag under the hood that held a pipe and a plastic bag with a substance that appeared to be meth. There was an unopened box of condoms in the passenger seat.  The man told the officer that the pipe and meth were his and that he had planned on using the drug with the decoy. He also told the officer that the deal was $100 for the decoy to have sex with him.

Key Partners

  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Dallas County Sheriffs Office
State Missouri
Type City
Population 3290
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