Osceola, IA

Tactics Used

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

Osceola is a city of roughly 5,000 residents serving as the government seat of Clarke County in southern Iowa.  Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and throughout the region. Police officers have observed local ads for sex acts on websites and noted that the city is well-situated for prostitution and sex trafficking, located along high-volume traffic areas with I-35 running between Des Moines and Kansas City.  In response, local efforts have included arresting sex buyers and publicly releasing their identities.  For example, in November, 2015 Osceola police reported that six people had been arrested in a human trafficking sting conducted by the Osceola Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa Division of Intelligence and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office (with assistance from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Beuna Vista County Sheriff’s Office, Manchester Police Department  and the Iowa State Patrol). The six suspects were taken to the Clarke County Law Enforcement Center, three of which were men charged with prostitution.


Key Partners

  • Osceola Police Department
  • Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Iowa Division of Intelligence
  • Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Adams County Sheriff’s Office
  • Beuna Vista County Sheriff’s Office
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Iowa State Patrol
State Iowa
Type City
Population 5103
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