Burnsville, MN

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

Burnsville is a city of approximately 60,000 residents, located just south of Minneapolis in Dakota County, Minnesota. To reduce prostitution activity in the city, the Burnsville Police Department has conducted web-based and street-level reverse stings since 2007. Reverse stings are conducted on 3-4 times per year, according to BPD representatives interviewed for the National Assessment Survey.

The city also uses surveillance cameras and neighborhood watch programs. A public education and awareness campaign is also in effect to support prostituted women who want to exit commercial sex. Johns arrested during anti-prostitution operations may face shaming (e.g., having their identities revealed to the public), vehicle seizure, geographic restrictions (or SOAP orders) and mandatory community service.

Key Partners

  • Burnsville Police Department
State Minnesota
Type City
Population 59118
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