Monroe, LA

Tactics Used

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

Monroe is a city of approximately 50,000 residents, located in Ouachita Parish in northern Louisiana. Prostitution and child sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the city and surrounging areas.  In an effort to reduce prostitution activity 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.

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Louisiana
Type City
Population 48815
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