Lihue, HI

Tactics Used

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

Lihue is a census-designated place with approximately 6,000 residents, located on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. In 2009,  the Kauai Police Department learned that a Californian woman had posted an advertisement to Craigslist selling sex. Officers contacted her and recruited her assistance for a web sting operation. Under KPD surveillance, the woman arranged to meet with three men responding to the web posting. When they arrived, the johns were arrested and charged with solicitation. Their names and other identifying information were released to the local media.

Key Partners

  • Kauai Police Department

Key Sources

State Hawaii
Type City
Population 6092
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