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North Liberty is a city in Johnson County, Iowa. A suburb of Iowa City and part of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area, its population is approximately 19,000 residents. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in other areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates result in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses.
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. Some local arrests of sex buyers are the result of allegations of crimes against real victims, rather than the product of reverse stings using undercover police decoys. For example, in July 2021, a property manager in North Liberty was accused of soliciting sex from his tenants in exchange for money and other favors. According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, 72-year-old man managed an apartment complex in North Liberty for nearly two years. During that time, police said he offered female tenants “money and favors related to his normal duties,” in exchange for sex. The man faced three counts of prostitution, an aggravated misdemeanor.
Sex Buyer Arrest, Identity Disclosure:
- https://www.thegazette.com/property-manager-accused-of-prostitution-in-north-liberty (2021)
- https://cbs2iowa.com/north-liberty-property-manager-accused-of-soliciting-sex-from-tenants (2021)
Kidnapping and Child Sex Trafficking:
- https://www.kcrg.com/north-liberty-man-charged-after-bringing-14-year-old-from-tennessee-to-hide-in-his-home/ (2021)
- https://www.press-citizen.com/iowa-child-sex-trafficking-case-3-men-sentenced-prison/ (2020)
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: