Pantego, TX

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

Pantego is a small town located in Tarrant County, Texas in the DallasFort Worth metropolitan area, and has a population of roughly 2,500 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

Local Ordinances:

State Texas
Type City
Population 2531
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