Lowell is a small city of approximately 7,000 residents, located near Bentonville in Benton County in northwest Arkansas. Prostitution is well-documented locally, and at least one case of teen sex trafficking has occurred. In addition to traditional stings targeting the providers of commercial sex, the Lowell Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office have conducted at least one web-based reverse sting to identify and apprehend sex buyers. Upon arrest, some of the johns had their names and other identifying information released to the media.
- Lowell Police Department
- Benton County Sheriff’s Office
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Sting Results in 12 Arrests; Lowell Police, BCSO Targeted Hotels in Prostitution Arrests”, Benton County Daily Record, June 1 2009.
- “14 Prostitution-Related Arrests Made”, Springdale Morning News, June 1 2009.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Five Women Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, Springdale Morning News, March 20 2008.
- “Lowell Police Arrest 5 in Prostitution Sting”, Benton County Daily Record, March 21 2008.
- “BCSO Arrests Teen Prostitute”, Benton County Daily Record, July 9 2008.
- “Second Prostitution Sting Nabs Six in Lowell”, Springdale Morning News, September 26 2008.
- “2nd Prostitution Sting Nets 6 Arrests in Lowell”, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, September 27 2008.
- “Police Bust Prostitutes with Help of Web Site”, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 17 2008.