Pinellas Park, located in the Tampa Bay area near St. Petersburg, has a population of approximately 47,000. In response to numerous and persistent complaints from residents and businesses, Pinellas Park police officers have conducted undercover prostitution operations. Included in their efforts are attempts to reduce demand, such as reverse stings. The identities of arrested sex buyers are made public. In addition, officers write down license numbers of cars seen circling areas known for street prostitution. After 30 days, a letter is sent to the home of those motorists that basically says their vehicle was seen in an area known for street prostitution. They do not directly accuse the owner nor the vehicle driver of soliciting.
- Pinellas Park Police Department
- Reverse Stings:
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Supreme Court Limits Scope of Laws Toward Prostitution”, Palm Beach Post, August 7 1981.
- “Arrests Include Prostitution, Drug Charges”, St. Petersburg Times, June 18 1989.
- “In New Trial in Slaying of Pinellas Park Prostitute, Defendant’s Crime Sheet Is Barred This Time”, Tampa Bay Times, July 21 2009.