Frisco is a city of approximately 195,00 residents, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas in Denton and Collin County. On a least one occasion, local law enforcement has targeted demand for prostitution the community.
In February 2015, officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, supported by the Dallas and Frisco Police Departments and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, staged a web-based reverse sting at a Frisco hotel. Law enforcement reported that they had the support and cooperation of hotel staff when staging the operation. During the investigation, officers placed a decoy advertisement to a website known for prostitution activity. Five men were arrested after they responded to the listing with an offer of money for sex; their names and other identifying information were publicized by some media outlets.
In the days following the sting, it became apparent that the investigation was initiated as part of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s ninth annual National Day of Johns Arrests. In a press release, the CCSO listed the names of all participating law enforcement agencies, and indicated that the Texas Department of Public Safety had apprehended a total of 14 johns during the event. Similarly, the Dallas Morning News reported that court records for the men arrested in Frisco indicated that their arrests were “part of a multi-agency effort to combat the demand side of commercial sex trafficking.”
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Frisco Police Department
- Dallas Police Department
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “570 Sex Buyers Arrested in National Super Bowl Sting Operation,” Press Release, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, February 2 2015.
- “Ex-SMU Law Dean Accused of Agreeing to Pay for Sex, Court Records Say,” Dallas Morning News, February 3 2015.
- “Ex-SMU Law School Dean Arrested on Prostitution Charge,” USA Today, February 3 2015.
- “Former Texas Law School Dean Arrested on Prostitution Charge,” Houston Chronicle, February 3 2015.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Suburbs Battle Sleaze: Establishments Keep Low Profile,” Dallas Morning News, April 2 1989.
- “Frisco Police Make Prostitution Arrest at Frisco Square,” Frisco Enterprise, August 24 2012.
- “Task Force Aims to Fight Human Trafficking in Collin County,” Frisco Enterprise, February 1 2015.