Largo, FL

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

Largo is a city of approximately 82,000 residents, located near Tampa, Florida. Like other cities in Pinellas County, Largo has struggled with the problems associated with commercial sex for decades, and the city has had documented cases of sex trafficking.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. In April 1998, the Largo Police Department conducted its first street-level reverse sting along a strip of Clearwater-Largo Road. The operation, which employed the use of an undercover female officer as a decoy, resulted in the arrest of six male sex buyers. The men’s names and other identifying information was not made available to the public. In their demand reduction efforts, Largo Police have coordinated and pooled resources (including staff) with their peers at the neighboring Clearwater Police Department.

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Sex Buyer Arrests:

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Florida
Type City
Population 82340
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