Midvale, UT

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

Midvale is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area, with approximately 36,000 residents. Prostitution has been documented in the city, as have cases of the commercial sexual exploitation of minors and the targeted assaults on women engaged in prostitution.

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. In an effort to identify and apprehend commercial sex buyers, the Midvale Police Department has conducted web-based reverse stings since at least 2002. That year, MPD officers reported they had recently completed an investigation during which they

“…placed their own [web] ad for a private dancer.” Soon after placing the listing, the MPD commented that “phone calls rolled in almost immediately and lasted from dusk to dawn. All were from men interested in hiring the ‘dancer.’ Appointments were made with several of them, who later offered to pay an undercover officer money for sex and were arrested.”

The identities of the arrested sex buyers were not publicized.

In January 2009, officers raided a city massage parlor suspected of prostitution activity. While apprehending the women working at the business, law enforcement arrested one sex buyer who was “caught” with a massage parlor employee. The sex buyer was charged with solicitation and had his identity released to the public. In June 2009, the Salt Lake Tribune reported the man had pled no contest, “paid a $582 court fee and completed a counseling class,” with the understanding that “the case will be dismissed” if he did not re-offend within 30 days.

Midvale Police have also shadowed Salt Lake City Police during street-level reverse stings in that neighboring city.

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State Utah
Type City
Population 36028
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