Liberty, TX

Tactics Used

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

Liberty is a city of approximately 10,400 residents, located 40 miles northwest of Houston in Texas. It is the county seat of Liberty County. In recent years, prostitution activity has spiked in the city, leading many community members to file complaints with the Liberty Police Department. 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 johns. The operation used an undercover female officer as a decoy.  The LPD released the mens’ names, photos and other identifying information to the media.

Key Sources

State Texas
Type City
Population 10460
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