Lubbock County, TX

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

Lubbock County is located between Amarillo and Midland in northwest Texas., and has a population of about 314,000 – most of whom live in the city of Lubbock (pop. 250,000+). Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well documented for decades in the city of Lubbock and in other areas of Lubbock County. For example, in August 2013 five people were arrested for compelling prostitution and human trafficking. Lubbock Police conducted an online prostitution sting at a local hotel, and during the arrest officers discovered a juvenile female who was being prostituted. Another sting was conducted and more arrests were made, and another juvenile female was recovered. The five arrested all face charges of compelling prostitution, human trafficking, and aggravated promotion of prostitution. Other cases of sex trafficking have also been reported in Lubbock between 2007 and 2012. A serial killer of prostituted women was also active in the city in the mid-2000s.

To combat consumer demand for commercial sex, the Lubbock Police Department conducts both street-level and web-based reverse stings. Officers also routinely publicize the names and identities of arrested sex buyers. In 2012, the Lubbock Police Department launched a concerted “shaming” effort by posting the names and photos of arrested johns on the LPD’s official website. LPD officers also posted a group photo of the eight johns arrested to the LPD’s Facebook page. As prostitution is a Class B Misdemeanor in Texas, arrestees in Lubbock face up to a 180-day jail sentence, and fines up to $2,000.

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office often collaborates with other law enforcement agencies on prostitution and sex trafficking operations. Lubbock Police Department’s Special Operations Division with the assistance of LPD Patrol, Texas Tech Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission conducted a two-day prostitution operation, in January, 2021 that targeted human trafficking and prostitution. The operation resulted in 17 arrests for prostitution, soliciting prostitution and other offenses.

In February, 2022, the Texas DPS Human Trafficking Unit carried out an undercover sex trafficking operation in Lubbock County. The agents used a social media app linked to sex trafficking. Agents arrested a man for solicitation of prostitution from someone under 18. The DPS said the suspect offered to exchange drugs and food stamps for sex with a woman and a minor. He then arrived at an agreed-upon location where he “…made his intentions to engage in illegal sexual conduct and presence known,” according to the DPS.

Key Partners

  • Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lubbock Police Department
  • Voice of Hope Lubbock Rape Crisis Center’s Ending Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Project
  • Texas Tech Police Department
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Lubbock Fire Department

Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Disclosure of Identities:

Web Stings:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Texas
Type County
Population 314451
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