Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Palm Beach Gardens is a city of about 60,000 residents in Palm Beach County. It is located in southeastern Florida just north of West Palm Beach and is part of the Miami metropolitan area. Prostitution activity has been well-documented throughout Palm Beach County, including in the city of Palm Beach Gardens, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking. 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. For example, identity disclosure and loss of employment are consequence of buying sex that have occurred within the city. In March 2019, the president of a community development company resigned after being arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into human trafficking and prostitution at day spas in Jupiter and Martin County. Earlier in the week, Martin County sheriff’s deputies arrested him on charges of soliciting prostitution and use of a structure for prostitution. He was identified as the president of Kolter Homes, a company building hundreds of homes in the Alton community in Palm Beach Gardens. The CEO of Kolter Group released a statement saying they had received and accepted the resignation of the sex buyer.

Key Partners

  • Martin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kolter Group

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Employment Loss, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Florida
Type City
Population 59449
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