Pinellas Park, 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

Pinellas Park, located in the Tampa Bay area near St. Petersburg, in Pinellas County, and has a population of approximately 53,000. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city, surrounding communities, and other county areas. 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. In response to the 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 the license numbers of cars seen circling areas known for street prostitution. After 30 days, a letter is sent to the home of the motorists that states that their vehicle was seen in an area known for street prostitution. The letters do not directly accuse the owner or the vehicle driver of soliciting prostitution.

Key Partners

  • Pinellas Park Police Department
  • Pinellas County Sheriffs Office

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Florida
Type City
Population 53093
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