Maui, HI

Tactics Used

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

Maui is the largest island and the city of Maui, with about 150,000 residents, is population center of Maui County, Hawaii.  Commercial sexual exploitation is well documented in Maui, including a statewide survey in 2020 that found 57 sex trafficking victims on the island, and that one in five of them was sex trafficked before they were 18.  In their efforts to curtail the demand that drives all prostitution and sex trafficking, the Maui County Police Department has staged demand-reduction operations from undisclosed locations within the city of Maui, and in other areas of Maui County. Following their arrests, sex buyers have had their identities publicized in press.  For example, in October, 2019, thirteen men were arrested during a prostitution operation conducted at a Maui hotel by the Maui Police Department.  Members of the Vice Gambling and Morals Unit and Criminal Intelligence Unit officers targeted sex buyers by setting up a reverse sting where a female police officer posed as a prostituted person to elicit responses from sex buyers. Over the course of the two and half days that the operation was held, 13 men were arrested, and almost $3,000 was recovered.  The identities of those arrested were publicly released.

Key Partners

  • Maui Police Department
    • Vice Gambling and Morals Unit
    • Criminal Intelligence Unit
State Hawaii
Type City
Population 144444
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