Hobbs is a city of about 35,000 residents situated in southeast New Mexico, near the Texas border closest to Midland and Odessa, TX. Among the documented problems associated with local commercial sex was a case in which a prostituted woman was murdered in 2010. At least two reverse stings have been conducted in Hobbs in order to address the consumer-level demand driving the commercial sex market. In 2013, five men were arrested during an undercover operation by Hobbs Police. Court documents said that two agents posed as prostitutes and recorded the men trying to buy sex. In 2014, four men were arrested after answering a decoy Craigslist ad placed by the Hobbs Police Department. The men agreed to meet at a hotel, where they were arrested by a police officer upon arrival to the room. The men were taken to Hobbs City Jail, and the men all posted bail and later faced charges in the city court. In both operations, the mens’ names and ages were publicly released.
- Hobbs Police Department
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