Muncie is a city located in central Indiana with a population of roughly 65,000. Documented cases of prostitution rings involving sex trafficked teens have occurred in the city. In an effort to reduce the demand for prostitution, police began conducting reverse stings in 1996. The identities of those arrested have been released to local news outlets. Police have also taken the cell phones of women arrested for prostitution and used them to make appointments with johns, who are subsequently arrested.
More recent operations have used decoy internet ads to attract the attention of sex buyers, including those seeking sex with children. For example, in 2018 a sexual predator sting operation called “Operation Child’s Play” established by members of the Delaware County Narcotics Unit. A member of the task force posted an ad on “numerous” escort websites Jan. 30, and received about 400 text messages in reply. The officer who posted the ad was posing as a 15-year-old.
- Muncie Police Department
- Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Five Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Muncie Star Press, October 14 2003.
- “Sex Sting Suspect Won’t Quit,” Muncie Star Press, August 13 2008.
- “Muncie Police Department Year End Report for 2009,” Muncie Police Department, January 15 2010.
- “Busted; Three Men Jailed after Muncie Prostitution Sting; Men Were Accused of Offering Money for Sex to Muncie Police Officers Posing as Prostitutes,” Muncie Star Press, September 27 2011.
- https://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/anderson-man-nabbed-in-muncie-sex-sting/ (2018)
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Ind. Woman Charged with Promoting Juvenile Prostitution in Lansing,” Times of Northwest Indiana, March 16 2012.
- “Muncie-Area Teens ‘Rescued’ from Prostitution Ring,” Indianapolis Star, November 14 2013.
- https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/crime/2018/04/02/prostitution-case-ends-muncie-womans-guilty-plea (2018)
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Police Planning Crackdowns on Prostitution,” Muncie Star Press, July 1 2008.
- “Five Arrested, Charged in Weekend Undercover Prostitution Sting,” Muncie Star Press, August 5 2008.
- “Prostitution Sting Yields Two Suspects,” Muncie Star Press, September 13 2009.
- “Crime-Solving; Muncie John Arrested on Prostitution Charge,” Muncie Star Press, June 12 2010.
- https://www.thestarpress.com/prostitution-sting-leads-muncie-arrests (2016)
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- Child Endangerment: