Metairie, LA

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

Metairie is a census-designated place of approximately 143,000 residents, located on the outskirts of New Orleans near Kenner in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Residents and law enforcement have reported problems with prostitution in the area, historically along the Airline Highway but also arranged online and occurring in local hotels. At least four distinct cases of child sex trafficking have been reported in Metairie; the community has also documented several homicides of prostituted women and robberies and assaults of both sex buyers and those exploited in prostitution and trafficking.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has conducted street-level reverse stings since 1990. Many reverse stings were conducted in the early to mid-1990s along the Airline Highway. For the operations, female JPSO undercover officers posed as decoys and arrested potential sex buyers who attempted to purchase sex from them. It is unclear if such operations are still conducted regularly; if the tactics are still employed, the details of the operations are likely not released to the public.

Key Partners

  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • FBI
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

  • “Vice Crackdown Nabs 34 along Airline Highway”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 3 1990.
  • “Thirty-Four Arrested in Jefferson Parish Vice Crackdown”, Baton Rouge Advocate, August 5 1990.
  • “Vice Crackdown Nets 5 Arrests”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 7 1990.
  • “10 Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, December 20 1990.
  • “24 Arrested in Airline Prostitution Sting”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, November 25 1993.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets 10”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, December 10 1993.
  • “Prostitution Roundup”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 19 1994.
  • “Sex Solicitation Story Listed Incorrect Name”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 23 1994.
  • “Airline Trade Is Down; Client Arrests Hit Prostitution”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, December 13 1994.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets 12 on Airline Highway”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 24 1995.

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State Louisiana
Type City
Population 143507
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