Dillon, CO

Tactics Used

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

Dillon is a small town with just over 900 residents in Summit County in central Colorado, west of Denver and near Vail. Prostitution is known to have occurred in the Dillon Valley area of the town since at least 2006.

That year, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office detective initiated an investigation which resulted in the arrest of an alleged prostitute and three clients. The investigation began after the prostituted woman called police to report that she had been physically assaulted. While inside the home, the detective saw a business card on the living room table advertising the woman as a personal travel companion. She then allegedly admitted that she was an escort in the field of “adult private entertainment”, and that she had been paid in exchange for sex. She also stated that the man who assaulted her was attempting to act as her pimp, and the two had begun arguing over clients calling the home.

The woman then agreed to lead the detective to a nearby apartment where she had allegedly met with three clients earlier in the evening. Using the information provided by the prostituted woman, investigators arrested three men on suspicion of soliciting for prostitution and patronizing a prostitute. The names and ages of the three arrested johns were released. Each of the men were charged with Class 3 misdemeanors, which carry a sentence of up to six months in jail and/or a maximum fine of $750. All three men were released from the jail and a court date for the case was set. The investigation continued and detectives looked for other persons involved and possible locations used for prostitution.

While the town has not (to our knowledge) conducted a traditional reverse sting, it did make a proactive attempt to identify and arrest men who are known to have bought sex in the area. We have listed Dillon as a “reverse sting” site so that it appears in our mapping, but recognize that their attempts to arrest sex buyers have not included traditional operations using police decoys. Similar situations have occurred in at least three other sites on DemandForum: Kennebunk, Maine; Medora, North Dakota; and Issaquah, Washington.

Key Partners

  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office
State Colorado
Type City
Population 906
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