Fort Pierce, FL

Tactics Used

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

Fort Pierce is a city of about 42,000 located in south eastern Florida.  The city has been actively fighting prostitution since 1977, when the first reverse sting operations took place.  In one of these earlier stings in 1977, 13 johns were arrested and charged with solicitation.  In addition to the associated fines, the men were punished with shaming, where their names, ages, and addresses were published in local media outlets.  In 2005, the county sheriff reaffirmed that the county was, “committed to ridding this type of crime from [the] community”.   Proof of the continued efforts to battle sex trafficking was seen in 2008, when the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office  focused on another avenue johns often use, the internet, in a three-day web sting that resulted in 35 arrests.

Key Partners

  • St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fort Pierce Police Department

Key Sources

State Florida
Type City
Population 42596
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