Dubuque, IA

Tactics Used

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

Dubuque is a city of about 94,000 located along the Mississippi River on the northeast border of Iowa.  Reverse stings have been occurring in Dubuque since at least 1983 in response to area business owners complaints that prostitution was hurting their businesses.   The local commercial sex market has also supported documented cases of child prostitution, and at least one prostituted woman has been murdered in the city.   The punishments imposed for men arrested in this city can range from fines and probation to a “two year prison term and/or a $5,000 fine.”  Another consequence that arrested johns may face is having their names offered by police to media outlets.

Key Partners

  • Dubuque Police Department
  • Property owners in Dubuque

Key Sources

Reverse Stings and Shaming:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Prostitution-related violence:

State Iowa
Type City
Population 57222
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