Hollywood, FL

Tactics Used

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

Hollywood is a city of 141,000 in Broward County, southeast Florida. To combat street prostitution, certain areas in the city have been isolated for reverse stings to capture johns. Operations are staged at scheduled intervals every month using an undercover female officer as a decoy. To determine the location of reverse sting operations, the Hollywood Police Department relies on ongoing complaints from the community. Following arrest, officers use a two-pronged strategy of auto seizure and home letter delivery to deter arrested johns from reoffending in the future. It was first implemented in 1997.

Key Sources

State Florida
Type City
Population 142473
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