Johnson County, KS

Tactics Used

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

Johnson County is a mid-sized county of about 550,000 residents, covering the suburbs and unincorporated areas near Kansas City, Kansas.  Prostitution is a well-documented problem in the area, and has been linked to a number of additional serious crimes.  For example, several child sex trafficking cases have been reported, and more than one serial killer has specifically targeted prostituted women in the county.

In addition to city-level efforts to address underlying demand in Kansas City, Overland Park, Merriam, De Soto, Shawnee, and Prairie Village, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has staged at least two street-level reverse stings targeted sex buyers at undisclosed locations within the county. In May 2011, for example, JCSO deputies arrested seven johns during a sting in “rural Johnson County… [between] Kansas Highways 10 and 7,” but did not disclose the exact location of the arrests. The offenders’ names were not released to the public.  In 2012, a web-based reverse sting resulted in the arrest of seven sex buyers, whose names and photos were publicly released.


Key Partners

  • Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Leawood Police Department
  • Shawnee Police Department
  • Merriam Police Department
  • Overland Park Police Department
  • Prarie Village Police Department
  • Kansas City Police Department

Key Sources

National Assessment Interview

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming: (2013)

Public Education:

Background on Sex Trafficking, Child Sexual Exploitation, Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Kansas
Type County
Population 542737
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