Linn County has approximately 214,000 residents, and is located in eastern Iowa. Cedar Rapids is the county’s seat and largest city. PRostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented, including cases of interstate transport of teen victims for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. In June 2012, deputies from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office conducted a large-scale web sting targeting sex buyers. Officers placed decoy listings advertising commercial sex to websites known for prostitution activity. As men responded to the listings, an undercover officer arranged to meet them at hotels in Marion, Cedar Rapids, as well as other undisclosed towns in the county (the operations in Marion and Cedar Rapids are addressed in the Demand Forum web pages for those cities). When the men arrived and attempted to purchase sex, they were arrested by a backup team. All of the johns arrested had their names, ages, and hometowns publicized in local media outlets.
As this page for Linn County is devoted solely to countywide operations, or those covering unincorporated areas of the county, see Marion and Cedar Rapids for additional information on anti-prostitution efforts in cities within Linn County.
- Web-Based Reverse Stings:
- “More Than 30 Charged in Linn County Prostitution Sting”, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, June 23 2012.
- Background on local prostitution and sex trafficking: