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Monroe is a city of approximately 48,000 residents, located in Ouachita Parish in northern Louisiana. Prostitution and child sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the city and surrounding areas, generating complaints to police and some cases involving drug offenses and violence among people in prostitution transactions. In an effort to reduce prostitution activity and related crime in the area, the Monroe Police Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office have conducted street-level reverse stings since at least 2003. The city lies directly across the Ouachita River from its “twin” city, West Monroe, and Monroe officers have at times coordinated efforts with the West Monroe Police Department. The names, ages, and photos of arrested sex buyers are sometimes included in news releases.
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “Sting Operation Targets Street Crimes”, Monroe News-Star, October 20 2003.
- “Ouachita Deputies Arrest 25 in 3 Days”, Baton Rouge Advocate, October 21 2003.
- “3-Day Sting Nets About 20”, Monroe News-Star, July 23 2006.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets 4 More Arrests”, Monroe News-Star, July 24 2006.
- “Our View”, Monroe News-Star, July 25 2006.
- “Man Charged with Soliciting Prostitutes”, Monroe News-Star, January 28 2007.
- http://www.hannapub.com/ouachitacitizen/news/crime/opso-arrests-man-woman-in-prostitution-sting (2019)
- https://www.facebook.com/posts/two-arrested-for-soliciting-prostitution-in-monroe (2019)
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Police: Runaway Teen Held, Forced into Prostitution”, Monroe News-Star, November 1 2006.
- “Bond Set in Prostitution Case”, Monroe News-Star, November 2 2006.
- https://www.wafb.com/3-juveniles-recovered-16-pimps-75-prostitutes-arrested-sex-trafficking-operation/ (2014)
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Ouachita”, Monroe News-Star, May 13 2002.
- “6 Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, Monroe News-Star, January 28 2007.
- “Monroe PD Tracks Down Prostitution Suspect”, Monroe News-Star, January 24 2008.
- https://www.kedm.org/multiple-arrests-in-west-monroe-prostitution-ring (2018)
- https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/opso-scat-undercover-sting-busts-chocolate-bunny-and-another-female-for-prostitution-in-monroe/ (2019)
- https://www.knoe.com/content/news/Ouachita-Parish-woman-facing-prostitution-charges (2019)
- https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/lsp-two-monroe-men-arrested-for-pandering/ (2019)
- https://www.knoe.com/Ouachita-Parish-woman-facing-prostitution-charges (2019)
- https://www.hannapub.com/opso-arrests-west-monroe-woman-for-prostitution-drug-charges (2021)
- https://wgno.com/drug-investigation-leads-to-arrests-narcotics-and-prostitution/ (2022)
Violence Associated with Local Prostitution: