Kasson, MN

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Kasson is a city of about 7,000 residents, located west of Rochester in Dodge County, Minnesota. Prostitution has been documented in the city, and has led to complaints to police. Local residents have also been arrested in adjacent communities for attempting to purchase sex from undercover officers posing as minor girls; in mid-2013, media outlets similarly reported that an underage girl from Kasson had been recovered during an anti-trafficking investigation in the Twin Cities.

In an effort to reduce prostitution in the area, the Kasson Police Department has been conducting reverse stings since at least 2008. That year, four sex buyers were arrested during a reverse sting when they offered money for sex to a police informant at a Kasson apartment being monitored by police. The sex buyers responded to a decoy online advertisement posted by the department. In addition to facing misdemeanor charges, the men had their names, ages, and cities of residence publicized by local media.

Key Partners

  • Southeastern Minnesota Narcotics Gang Task Force
  • Kasson Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

  • “Kasson Sex Sting Nets 2 Arrests,” Rochester Post-Bulletin, October 8 2008.
  • “Two More Men Arrested in Dodge County Sex Sting,” Rochester Post-Bulletin, October 15 2008.

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Undercover Operation Results in Prostitution, Drug Arrests,” Delhi Express, March 15 2006.
State Minnesota
Type City
Population 6931
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