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.
- Junction City Police Department
- Geary County Sheriff’s Department
- Grandview Plaza Police Department
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:
- “Police Identify Base of National Prostitution Ring,” New London Day, March 6 1986.
- “Kidnap Network Alleged Link Suggested to Prostitution,” Wichita Eagle, March 7 1986.
- “Prostitution Network Lures Korean Woman,” Chicago Sun-Times, March 9 1986.
- “Prostitutes Recruited in Junction City, Police Say,” Lawrence Journal-World, September 23 1986.
- “New Details Emerge in JC Sex Trafficking Case,” CBS/WIBW-TV 13, August 5 2013.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Kansas Police Crack down on Prostitution,” Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, November 3 1976.
- “4 Arrests Made, More Expected,” Topeka Capital-Journal, December 8 2003.
- “Police Briefs; Five Flee Charges of Prostitution,” Topeka Capital-Journal, December 10 2003.