Helena is the capital of Montana, located in the southern part of the state along Interstate 15. The city’s population is about 28,000, and prostitution and sex trafficking have been identified as problems in the city. Some of the problems date back to times before Montana’s statehood: for example, in 1886 there were at least 52 prostituted women living on and near Wood and Clore Streets.
In 2010, two men face charges for soliciting prostituted persons from a Missoula-based teenage prostitution ring that had advertised on Craigslist. The men were arrested when they arrived at a Helena hotel room to exchange money for sex. The men faced a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to a year. The two men were added to a list of about a dozen others from the Missoula area who had been cited for misdemeanor charges stemming from a prostitution ring.
- Helena Police Department
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Police Probe Teen Prostitution Ring,” Helena Independent Record, September 14 2010.
- “Authorities Look into Prostitution Case in Helena,” Helena Independent Record, September 15 2010.
- “Montana Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of Children and Promotion of Prostitution,” CBS/KTVQ-TV 2, October 6 2015.
- https://www.missoulacurrent.com/government/2019/01/sex-trafficking-montana/ (2019)
- Background on Prostitution in the Area: