Key West, FL

Tactics Used

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

Key West is city of approximately 22,000 residents, located at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys, in Monroe County, Florida. Prostitution and sex trafficking of minors have been reported in the community for several decades.

Driven by community complaints, the Key West Police Department conducted a street-level reverse sting in 1993. It resulted in the arrest of five johns; only one of the men’s identity was disclosed to the public. It is unclear if KWPD officers have used demand-reduction tactics in the years since; if such operations are still conducted, they are not routinely publicized.

Key Partners

  • Key West Police Department
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

State Florida
Type City
Population 22463
Location
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