Longview, TX

Tactics Used

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

Longview is a city of approximately 80,000 residents, located in Gregg County in eastern Texas. Situated at the intersection of Interstate 20, Route 80, and Route 259, Longview has been a site of widespread prostitution for decades, and child sex trafficking is also well documented.  To address such issues driven by the consumer-level demand that funds all commercial sex markets, the Longview Police Department routinely conducts street-level reverse stings, often netting upwards of 20 johns in a single night. Operations typically involve the use of several undercover female officers, who serve as decoys along the city’s major roadways and rest stops. When men attempt to solicit sex from the decoys, the are quickly arrested. The LPD frequently release the  names and other identifying information about sex buyers to the media.

 

Key Sources

State Texas
Type City
Population 76816
Location
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