Claremore, OK

Tactics Used

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

Claremore is a city of roughly 19,000 residents, located in eastern Oklahoma’s Rogers County.  Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking.

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.  After receiving complaints from several women about a tow truck driver offering to tow the cars of women in exchange for sex, Claremore Police conducted a reverse sting.  A female officer borrowed from the Owasso Police Department posed as a tow service customer in a stalled vehicle, and called the towing company.  He suspect towed the car and made the kind of offer eliciting the prior complaints.  He was arrested for soliciting sex. This is an unconventional type of reverse sting, and the only one encountered in our National Assessment research.  The man was seeking to have sex with women in exchange for something of value (“free” towing), so fits the definition of a “john.”  However, the woman posed as a tow service customer, not as a women engaged in prostitution.  We do not know if this is the only reverse sting ever conducted in Claremore.

Oklahoma law prohibits people from engaging in prostitution under 21 O.S. 1029, which addresses both prostitution and solicitation of prostitution in the same manner under the same statute. Both prostitution and solicitation are misdemeanors. The penalties for prostitution and solicitation include a jail term of 30 days to one year and a fine of up to $2,500 on the first offense. The fines increase with subsequent convictions, and the court may also mandate 40 to 80 hours of community service.

Key Partners

  • Claremore Police Department
  • Owasso Police Department
State Oklahoma
Type City
Population 17397
Location
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