Craig, AK

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

Craig is a city of about 1,200 residents in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area of Alaska, in the South Eastern region of the state abutting British Columbia, Canada. While prostitution is not known to be a pervasive problem in the city, it has occurred and generated complaints to local law enforcement agencies. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market are child sex trafficking and violence against individuals engaged in commercial sex.

In effort to combat the local commercial sex market, tactics focused on reducing demand for commercial sex in the city have been implemented. For example, in January 2019, the mayor of a nearby town (Klawock, AK) was charged with soliciting prostitution after seeking to purchase commercial sex from a Craig resident through Facebook Messenger. According to court documents, the mayor electronically sent $400 to a woman, asking her to come to his residence for sex. The woman did not show up. Solicitation of prostitution is a class B misdemeanor in Alaska. After a third party individual reported the incident to the Craig Police Department, officials proceeded by contacting the suspect, who pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor. He was sentenced to six months of probation and fined $1,000.

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Arrest, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:

Background on Sex Trafficking and Prostitution in Alaska:

State Alaska
Type City
Population 1206
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