Jonesboro, AR

Tactics Used

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

Jonesboro is a city located in northeastern Arkansas and has a population of about 70,000 people. Prostitution and child sex trafficking have been documented in the city. In addition, local business owners and residents have complained about prostitution in certain neighborhoods; some city residents have gone as far as writing down the license plate numbers of cars seen idling in high “stroll” areas, and posting signs warning johns and others that their plates numbers would be recorded and reported to law enforcement.

The Jonesboro Police Department, for its part, has conducted street-level reverse stings since at least 2003, and web-based reverse stings since at least 2011. During a weeklong web-based reverse sting operation in 2011, for example, 11 johns were arrested.  As part of their punishment, their names, ages, and cities of residence were published in local media along with the fact that they were arrested for solicitation. Although some major news outlets opted not to publicize the identities of those arrested, the Jonesboro Sun has reported the names of johns arrested in the community since at least 2003.

Key Partners

  • Jonesboro Police Department
    • PROWL Unit

Key Sources

State Arkansas
Type City
Population 63190
Location
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