Lihue, HI

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

Lihue is a census-designated place with approximately 9,000 residents located in Kauai County, HI. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems on the island, including within Lihue. Among the more serious issues associated with the area’s commercial sex market have been a homicide committed by a woman in prostitution against her cousin and the sexual assault of a prostituted woman by undercover police officers.

To address the consumer-level demand that motivates all sex trafficking, demand reduction tactics have been implemented locally. For example, in 2009, the Kauai Police Department learned of a commercial sex ad posted on Craigslist by a Californian woman. Officers contacted the prostituted woman to assist them in conducting a web-based reverse sting operation which targeted potential sex buyers online. Under KPD surveillance, the woman arranged to meet with three male sex buyers who had responded to the ad. When the sex buyers arrived at the predetermined location, they were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution. The names and other identifying information of the arrested sex buyers were released to the local media.

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • Prostitution problem limited to mostly Oahu (1996)
  • Three officers involved in sex raid scandal to quit (1996)
  • Kauai cops in sex abuse case fired (1996)
  • Hearing tomorrow in Kauai slaying (1997)
  • “Arrest Log for Thursday, July 2, 2009,” Lihue Garden Island, July 2 2009.
  • “Arrest Log for Saturday, July 4, 2009,” Lihue Garden Island, July 4 2009.
  • “Arrest Log for Tuesday, September 1, 2009,” Lihue Garden Island, September 1 2009.
  • “Arrest Log for Thursday, September 3, 2009,” Lihue Garden Island, September 3 2009.
  • “Arrest Log for Saturday, December 19, 2009,” Lihue Garden Island, December 19 2009.
  • “Arrest Log for Wednesday, December 23, 2009,” Lihue Garden Island, December 23 2009.
  • “Arrest Log for Sunday, January 31, 2010,” Lihue Garden Island, January 31, 2010.
  • “Arrest Log for Thursday, November 24, 2011,” Lihue Garden Island, November 24 2011.
  • “Arrest Log for Saturday, November 26, 2011,” Lihue Garden Island, November 26 2011.

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Hawaii
Type City
Population 9036
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