North Miami is a city of approximately 60,000 residents, located 10 miles north of Miami, Florida. Prostitution and child sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the area, and ahve generated many complaints to police. In an effort to address local consumer-level demand for commercial sex, the North Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade County Police Department have conducted several street-level reverse stings, at times using half a dozen undercover female officers as decoys. One reverse sting in 2008 involved five decoys, about 70 officers on support teams, and resulted in 62 johns arrested. As johns attempt to solicit sex from the women, they are apprehended by police. Once arrested, the men may have their mouth swabbed and their DNA placed on file. A news report on this reverse sting said that many of the arrested men would attend a John School — a class for first-time offenders — and the charges would be dropped; this probably referred to the program in Miami.
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Prostitution Stings Net Many Repeat Offenders”, Miami Herald, August 17 2011.
- “Police Say Pair Wooed, Pimped 13-Year-Old”, Miami Herald, October 25 2012.
- “Task Force Nabs North Miami Man who Lured Teens into Prostitution”, Miami Herald, April 22 2014.
- “3 in Club Madonna Sex Trafficking Case Take Pleas”, Miami Herald, October 10 2014.