Lafayette, LA

Tactics Used

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

Lafayette is a city of approximately 120,000 residents, located an hour west of Baton Rouge in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. To combat the demand for commercial sex, the Lafayette Police Department has conducted several street-level reverse stings beginning in 1989, and more recently, web-based operations. Operations typically employ the use of an undercover female officer as a decoy. Johns are then apprehended when they attempt to solicit sex. Once arrested, the men may be subject to SOAP orders (barring them from entering areas of the city known for prostitution) and/or community service. To discourage johns from reoffending, police may also release arrestees’ names and identifying information to the media.

In late 2011, members of the Lafayette Police Department collaborated with officers from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Department, Louisiana State Police, and Louisiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) to target persons using the internet to prey on minors for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Although no sex buyers were arrested, police report that they successfully identified twenty online predators.  In September 2013, a reverse sting resulted in the arrest of 16 men.  In March 2014, a web-based reversal led to nine arrests of men seeking to buy sex from a minor.

 

Key Sources

State Louisiana
Type City
Population 113544
Location
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