Three people were arrested in Kearney for solicitation of prostitution during a multi-state human trafficking operation, and their identitities were included in local new releases.  The men were booked into the Buffalo County Jail for misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charge. One was also arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. In August, 2021, investigators with the Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska State Patrol conducted an undercover human trafficking operation to target and identify individuals soliciting prostitution in the Kearney area. “This operation once again shows the effective work law enforcement can do when we collaborate toward the same goal. We know human trafficking may cross multiple jurisdictions and states, by working together on operations like this we can fight human trafficking more effectively,” said Kearney Police Chief Bryan D. Waugh  In December, 2021, two of the arrested men were convicted of soliciting prostitution in Kearney.  One of the men pleaded no contest in Buffalo County Court to felony possession of methamphetamine and solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor. Earlier in December he had been sentenced to 18 months probation “under the standard conditions,” including that he serve 61 days in jail, pay a $500 fine, attend the 12-Step Recovery Program twice a week and not to view or possess any type of pornography. In January, 2022 the third man was convicted of solicitation of prostitution, and subject to a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine. In February, 2022, another one of the defendants was forbidden from viewing pornography as part of his sentence for soliciting prostitution in Kearney in August 2021. The order was part of a one-year probationary sentence, and the Buffalo County Court Judge Gerry Jorgensen ordered the man to serve 16 days in jail (and was given 16 days credit for time served).