Gretna, LA

Tactics Used

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

Gretna is a city of approximately 18,000 residents, located just east of and across the Mississippi River from New Orleans in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Problems with prostitution and sex trafficking have been reported in the area. In 2004, a man kidnapped, held hostage and attempted to compel his former girlfriend into prostitution in the city. In 2013, local law enforcement utilized an undercover male officer to identify and arrest three individuals who had been arranging to meet with johns in Gretna and then robbing them.

In addition to efforts targeting sellers of sex, the Gretna Police Department has conducted at least two street-level reverse stings. Both operations were conducted in the late 1990s, and employed undercover female officers as decoys. To our knowledge, the names of the johns arrested during these stings were not released.

Key Partners

  • Gretna Police Department

Key Sources

State Louisiana
Type City
Population 17736
Location
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