Lenexa, KS

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

Lenexa is a city of approximately 59,000 residents, located in northeast Kansas. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of Johnson 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.

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.  To deter sex buyers, the Lenexa Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings and web stings using an undercover female officer. Once apprehended, arrested sex buyers may be required to enroll (or offered the option of enrolling) in the “john school” first operated by Veronica’s Voice in Kansas City. Given the circumstances of the arrest, they may also be subject to vehicle seizure, and required to pay fines and fees for their recovery.

In July, 2018, the Kansas Attorney General announced a new awareness campaign in Kansas is aimed at cutting the demand for prostitution as a way to fight human trafficking. The campaign involved state agencies and local advocacy groups teaming up to push the “Demand an End” initiative, which features education and announcements warning people that buyers of sex face charges. The campaign was intended to promote a culture where buying sex is not acceptable. It is based on the assumption that the money from sex buyers fuels a marketplace that enables sex trafficking.

Key Partners

  • Lenexa Kansas Police Department
  • Veronica’s Voice
State Kansas
Type City
Population 58388
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