Plymouth, MN

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

Plymouth is a suburb abutting the western edge of Minneapolis, Minnesota in Hennepin County, near Maple Grove. The city has a population of about 80,000 residents.

On at least one occasion, law enforcement have targeted the underlying demand that drives the local prostitution market. In May 2012, the Plymouth Police Department’s special investigation unit conducted a joint web-based sting targeting both sex buyers and individuals offering prostitution acts. The operation resulted in the arrests of eight attempted sex buyers and four prostituted persons. Within 10 minutes of posting the ad, the PPD reported they had received two calls from prospective sex buyers. After the female special investigator established a meeting location at a local hotel, the unit set up its operation in an adjoining room. Individuals were arrested after arriving at the location and soliciting the undercover officer.

Key Partners

  • Plymouth Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Plymouth Denies Renewal of Massage License,” New Hope-Golden Valley Sun-Post, January 28 2012.
  • “Woman Accused of Promoting Prostitution in Plymouth,” Plymouth Patch, April 3 2012.
  • “Plymouth Police Are Cracking down on Prostitution,” Plymouth Sun-Sailor, April 18 2012.
  • “Checking In? Plymouth May Want to See ID,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 28 2012.
  • “Plymouth Police Report: Prostitution Arrest, Business Fails Alcohol Compliance Check,” Plymouth Patch, July 18 2013.
State Minnesota
Type City
Population 79828
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