Gregg County, TX

Tactics Used

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

Gregg County is a county located in eastern Texas, and has a population of roughly 124,000. Its county seat is the city of Longview, which has approximately 80,000 residents. Containing the intersection of Interstate 20, Route 80, and Route 259, the county has been a site of widespread prostitution for decades, generating numerous complaints to city police departments and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office  Sex trafficking of adults and children are also well-documented local problems, and there have been cases of robbery committed against sex buyers and homicide of prostituted persons.  To address the wide range of crimes and disorder driven by the consumer-level demand that funds all commercial sex markets, law enforcement agencies within the county have routinely conducted street-level reverse stings, sometimes yielding more than 20 sex buyers in a single night. Operations typically involve the use of several undercover female officers, who serve as decoys placed along the city’s major roadways and rest stops. When men attempt to solicit sex from the decoys, the are quickly arrested. The LPD and other agencies frequently release the  names and other identifying information about sex buyers to the media.

Key Partners

  • Gregg County Sheriff’s Office
  • Longview Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Shaming:

John School:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Growth in Sexually Oriented Businesses Divides Longview,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, August 21 1994.
  • “Cobs Nab Four Women in Prostitution Sting, LPD Not Seeing Decrease in Activity,” Longview News-Journal, April 21 2006.
  • “Local Digest: 8 Women Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Longview News-Journal, July 21 2006.
  • “Police Arrest Two Women on Prostitution Charges,” Longview News-Journal, April 9 2008.
  • “Woman Arrested for Prostitution Attempted to Swallow Cocaine,” Longview News-Journal, April 16 2008.
  • “Illegal Drug Trade Drives Longview Prostitution, Police Response on U.S. 80 Pleases Business Owners,” Longview News-Journal, June 22 2008.
  • “Longview Police Arrest Eight People during Prostitution Sting,” Longview News-Journal, August 1 2008.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets Five Arrests,” Longview News-Journal, January 10 2009.
  • “Four Arrested on Prostitution Charges, Police Report,” Longview News-Journal, January 23 2009.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets Six Arrests,” Longview News-Journal, June 16 2009.
  • “10 People Nabbed in Prostitution Sting,” Longview News-Journal, November 6 2009.
State Texas
Type County
Population 123945
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