Coralville, IA

Tactics Used

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

Coralville is a small city of less than 20,000, in the eastern part of the state near Iowa City.  Not much is known about the history of prostitution in the city, or the community’s efforts to address it.

A web-based reverse sting was conducted in  April of 2012.  An online advertisement was posted by police, and men who responded and arranged to buy sex were arrested for soliciting prostitution.  The names, ages, and photos of the arrested sex buyers were released to the media.  Coralville Police collaborated with the University of Iowa Police and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department in the operation.

Sex buyers arrested in a recent reverse sting in Coralville, Iowa were given a one-year deferred sentence involving probation and a requirement to complete 50 hours of community service.  The arrestee’s record for the offense will be cleared if they don’t commit another violation during the year of probation, and if they complete their community service obligation.

The community service requirement in Coralville does not appear to be precisely targeted toward addressing demand, but instead appear to be a sanction applied to misdemeanor’s general, and considered appropriate to apply to the buyers of sex as misdemeanants.  To provide points of comparison, community service in other locations is programmatic and specifically designed to deal with demand.  For example, the Red Zone program in Indianapolis couples a john school intervention with community service specifically designed for them.


Key Partners

  • Coralville Police Department
  • University of Iowa Police
  • Johnson County Sheriff’s Department
State Iowa
Type City
Population 18907
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