Lansing, MI

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Lansing is the capital of Michigan. It is the state’s fifth-largest city, with approximately 113,000 residents. For decades, community members have complained about commercial sex and related crimes in the city – including sex trafficking – with the majority of activities often clustered around the Kalamazoo Street corridor.

To address these issues, the Lansing Police Department has conducted a series of street-level reverse stings to apprehend sex buyers. Operations typically employ the use of an undercover woman officer, serving as a decoy. As sex buyers solicit sex from her, they are promptly arrested. Police may seize the vehicles of arrestees, and have at times imposed mandatory community service on and apology “essays” from convicted sex buyers.

Though reports of the public disclosure of arrested sex buyer identities remain limited, on at least one occasion an individual charged with soliciting prostitution has had his identity publicized in press. In March 2016, a local prosecutor was charged with “using the services of prostitutes — a 93-day misdemeanor — in Ingham, Clinton and Ionia counties hundreds of times between 2010 and 2015… enticing a woman to become a prostitute, a 20-year felony — and willful neglect of duty.” The offender’s name, place of employment, and photo was released to the public.

Key Sources

Identity Disclosure:

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Community Service:

Essays from Arrested Sex Buyers:

Auto Seizure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Michigan
Type City
Population 112684
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