Junction City, KS

Tactics Used

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

Junction City is a small city about an hour’s drive west of Topeka, Kansas. Cases of prostitution and sex trafficking have been reported in the community for decades. The first known use of reverse stings in the community occurred in 1976.  These operations do not occur frequently, but have been conducted several times in the city.  Most recently, a web-based reverse sting occurring in June 2012, was led by the Geary County Sheriff’s Department and used a Junction City hotel as the meeting location where the decoy and support team arrested of johns. Grandview Plaza and Junction City police departments have collaborated on reverse stings.

Key Partners

  • Junction City Police Department
  • Geary County Sheriff’s Department
  • Grandview Plaza Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

  • “Local Police Use Woman Decoy; Six Men Get Solicitation Charge,” Junction City Daily Union, August 16 1976.
  • “Five Arrested in ‘Reverse Sting’ Operation,” Junction City Daily Union, July 7 1995.

Web-Based Reverse Stings:


Sex Trafficking in the Area:

State Kansas
Type City
Population 15576
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