Craig, AK

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Craig is a city of about 1,250 residents in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area of Alaska.  Prostitution is not known to be a pervasive problem in the city, but has occurred and generated complaints to law enforcement agencies.

In January, 2019 the mayor of a nearby town (Klawock) was charged with soliciting prostitution after allegedly seeking to pay for sex.  Police obtained documentation of the alleged Facebook Messenger exchange. In the conversation, the man stated he would pay for sex if the woman came to his residence, and he allegedly sent the woman $400 using a credit card. The Craig Police Department contacted the suspect, who allegedly admitted offering to pay for sex, sending money via Facebook Messenger and advising the woman to meet him at residence, but the woman did not show up. Solicitation of prostitution is a class B misdemeanor in Alaska. An arraignment hearing was scheduled in Prince of Wales District Court. His identity was included in news releases.

Key Partners

  • Craig Police Department
  • Prince of Wales District Court
State Alaska
Type City
Population 1278
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