Grand Island, NE

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

Grand Island is a city of approximately 52,000 residents, located in central Nebraska, in Hall County.  Sex trafficking and prostitution activity have been well-documented locally. In its strategy for preventing sex trafficking, one of the key objectives pursued in this region by the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force is attempting to reduce the demand for commercial sex.  This objective is pursued by conducting undercover investigations targeting and identifying sex buyers.  For example, in June 2018, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C and officers from the Grand Island Police Department conducted an undercover operation to target and identify individuals soliciting prostitution in the Grand Island area. Seven men were arrested and then held in Hall County Corrections, and charged with solicitation of prostitution.  In Nebraska, soliciting prostitution is a first-offense misdemeanor and a felony thereafter. The identities of the arrested sex buyers were included in press releases, and included the board chairman of the Middle Republican Natural Resources District; a fifth-grade teacher for Loup City Public Schools; and an assistant coach for the Arcadia-Loup City football team.

Key Partners

  • Grand Island Police Department
  • Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Nebraska State Patrol Troop C


Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:

State Nebraska
Type City
Population 52335
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