Pantego, TX

Tactics Used

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

Pantego is a small town located in Tarrant County, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and has a population of roughly 2,460 residents.  Brothel-based prostitution was identified as a problem in the city in the 1990s, if not before, and police responses have included at least one attempt to combat demand.  In October, 1998 the Pantego Police Department investigated and then conducted a raid of a tanning salon that was providing a “storefront” cover for a brothel.  After the staff were arrested, police replaced a glass door that was broken during the raid and posed as the owners in a reverse sting.  Over a period of about four hours, six men arrived seeking to buy sex and were arrested.  Their names were not immediately made available to the public.

Key Partners

  • Pantego Police Department

Key Sources

  • Reverse sting:
    • Twelve arrested in prostitution sting in Pantego.  Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 31, 1998
State Texas
Type City
Population 2468
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