Liberty, TX

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

Liberty is a city of approximately 8,500 residents, located 40 miles northeast of Houston in Texas. It is the county seat of Liberty County.  Prostitution activity has been well-documented within the city for decades, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to Liberty Police Department from residents. 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. After repeated roundups of the city’s prostituted women failed to produce any apparent impact, LPD detectives implemented a new strategy targeting sex buyers in 2007. That September, police conducted the city’s first street-level reverse sting, resulting in the arrest of nine male sex buyers. The operation used an undercover female officer as a decoy “prostitute.”  The LPD released the mens’ names, photos and other identifying information to the media.

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Arrests, Identity Disclosure:

  • “Liberty Trial Set in Prostitution Case,” Houston Chronicle, August 21 1987.

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State Texas
Type City
Population 8538
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