Omaha, NE

Tactics Used

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

Prostitution and sex trafficking have been identified as serious problems present for decades in the city of Omaha, such as child sex trafficking. For example, in 2011 an investigation revealed a sex trafficking ring that operated out of a midtown Omaha home for about three years, from 2007-2010.  Girls and women had been held captive and forced to perform commercial sex acts, and beatings were supplemented with intimidation (such as threatening to cut out a woman’s unborn baby) in order to compel service.  Federal and local authorities said the ring’s operators exploited women and runaways as young as 13 years of age.  Numerous prostituted women have been murdered in the city, leading to speculation that some may have been the victims of a serial killer.

Various agencies and organizations in the city have targeted the demand for commercial sex in their efforts to reduce the prevalence and impact of prostitution and sex trafficking.   A number of tactics have been used, including reverse stings and shaming, which began in 2005.   For example, in April 2014 a web-based operation resulted in the arrest of 12 sex buyers; another in June 2018 produced the arrest of nine sex buyers.  Police have also sent “dear john” letters to the homes of alleged sex buyers.  The city has had at least one john school program (and probably two) over the past 10 years for men arrested for buying sex.

Key Partners

  • Omaha Police Department
  • Ford Birth Site Association
  • FBI’s Omaha Division
    • Innocence Lost Task Force
  • Omaha Woman’s Fund

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Neighborhood Action and Shaming:

Proposed Vehicle Seizure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Nebraska
Type City
Population 424482
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