Kissimmee, FL

Tactics Used

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

Kissimmee is a city of approximately 60,000 residents located near Orlando in Osceola County, Florida. Prostitution is a persistent and visible problem in the area, and cases of child sex trafficking have also occurred.  For example, in November, 2013 a mother was arrested for coercing her three daughters, aged 16-18, into prostitution. In an effort to deter sex buyers, the Kissimmee Police Department began conducting street-level reverse stings in 1985, and countinue to do them routinely. Some of the operations are large-scale; for example, in May 2012, a single web-based operation sting resulted in the arrest of over 40 johns.  Police release the names, ages and occupations of arrestees to the media, and have done so since 1989.  In addition to having their identities revealed, sex buyers may also be subject to auto seizure and license suspension.

Key Sources

State Florida
Type City
Population 61777
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