Lake Havasu City, AZ

Tactics Used

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

Lake Havasu City is a city of approximately 53,000 residents, located in Mohave County, Arizona. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of Mohave County.  This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking. For example, in September 2018, agents from Homeland Security Investigations, working with special agents from the Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City police departments, made seven arrests during an investigation into human trafficking and forced labor in the area. All seven people taken into custody and were charged with various state offenses related to sex trafficking, money laundering, and facilitating prostitution.

To combat prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, local law enforcement agencies have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which provides the revenue stream driving all commercial sex and trafficking. On at least one occasion, local law enforcement have conducted a reverse sting. In late August 2016, officers with the Lake Havasu City Police Department conducted a two-day web sting targeting both sex buyers and sellers. Nine attempted buyers were arrested, as were three individuals for offering acts of prostitution. Following their arrests, all of the arrestees’ names and mugshots were publicized in press.

Key Partners

  • Lake Havasu City Police Department
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Bullhead City Police Departments

Key Sources

State Arizona
Type City
Population 53103
Location
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