The Colony, TX

Tactics Used

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

The Colony is a city of approximately 46,900 residents, located in the northern suburbs of Dallas near Denton in Denton County, Texas.

In an effort to reduce prostitution activity in the city, The Colony Police Department and the Denton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a web-based sting in July 2014. According to media reports, TCPD officers “provided undercover officers and perimeter surveillance to a [local] hotel,” while DSCO deputies arrested “roughly a dozen” prostituted women and 14 johns. Although the details of the sting were not publicized, one officer noted that “most of the trafficking isn’t on the street corner but [on] cyber streets… we could click on an ad and the phones would be blowing up within minutes.” During the operation, authorities also identified and recovered two 17-year-old prostituted girls.

In a statement to the public, the TCPD and DSCO reported they would not disclose the names and charges filed against the arrestees, as the investigation remains ongoing. They added that “the operation’s goal was to identify juveniles who had been trafficked in the sex industry and to reduce demand for prostitution services.”



Key Partners

  • The Colony Police Department
  • Denton County Sheriff’s Office
State Texas
Type City
Population 46930
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