Parkland, WA

Tactics Used

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

Parkland is a census-designated place of approximately 36,000 residents, located just south of Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington. Prostitution is a longstanding problem for the city and surrounding area, with known cases of serial killers and serial rapists targeting prostituted women – as well as the more common contributions to assaults, rapes, drug traffiking, and other forms of crime and community degredation.  The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office periodically conducts street-level reverse stings in Parkland, often in partnership with the Tacoma Police Department. During these operations, undercover female officers and sheriff’s deputies will pose as prostituted women along Parkland’s major roads and thoroughfares. As men approach and solicit the women, they are arrested by a backup team. The names and identities of those arrested are not typically released by local law enforcement.  The arrested johns can potentially be asked to attend the Tacoma/Pierce County/Lakewood john school.

Key Sources

State Washington
Type City
Population 35803
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