Minnehaha County encompasses its population center of Sioux Falls and several smaller towns and unincorporated areas in South Dakota. Sioux Falls contains approximately 150,000 of the 180,000 residents in the county. The anti-demand activity occurring in the city are described in DemandForum page for Sioux Falls; on the present page we include the tactics used in the other areas of the county.
Reverse stings were conducted in 2012, but we do not have information about whether they have occurred before. In the 2012 operation, several law enforcement agencies collaborated on a reverse sting and arrested 16 sex buyers. Those arrested are charged with “hiring for sexual activity,” a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
- Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office
- Sioux Falls Police Department
- Reverse Sting:
- Background on prostitution and sex trafficking in the area:
- https://www.argusleader.com/south-dakota-pheasant-hunting-season-sex-trafficking-strip-clubs (2018)