Layton, UT

Tactics Used

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

Layton is a city of approximately 70,000 residents, located in south-central Utah’s Davis County, near Ogden. Cases of prostitution and the sex trafficking of minors have been reported in the city.

In an effort to curtail commercial sex sales, the Layton Police Department has adopted an aggressive strategy that includes tactics that target sex buyers in addition to prostituted women. The department has conducted, to our knowledge, at least two web-based reverse stings resulting in the arrest of 12 johns. In the days following each operation, all of the arrestees’ names and other identifying information were released to the public. Following a July 2010 reversal, it was announced that several of the men had pled guilty and were each given “one year of probation, 48 hours of community service and a $750 fine.”

Key Partners

  • Layton Police Department

Key Sources

State Utah
Type City
Population 68677
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