Medora, ND

Tactics Used

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

Medora is a small town with a population of 111, located in the western portion of North Dakota, along Interstate 94 near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  One police operation occurring in early 2013 resulted in the arrest of five sex buyers.  The men were charged with criminal conspiracy to hire an individual to engage in sexual activity, according to a release from the Medora Police Department.  On Jan. 14, the Medora PD — with assistance from the Billings County Sheriff’s Office and the North Dakota Highway Patrol — responded to a call at a residence in Medora.  Their investigation resulted in allegation that all five men agreed to hire a woman with the intention of engaging in sexual activity.  A woman was allegedly “hired to come from Dickinson to Medora, where housing was provided by the company for whom they worked.”  The investigation determined that her “name and contact information was located online,” according to the MPD release.   The names and ages of the five arrestees were publicly released by police.  This was not a traditional reverse sting using a police decoy, but was a proactive effort by police to arrest men for attempting to buy sex, so we have included it as a site on DemandForum.

Key Partners

  • Medora Police Department
  • Billings County Sheriff’s Office
  • North Dakota Highway Patrol
State North Dakota
Type City
Population 111
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