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Plymouth is a suburb abutting the western edge of Minneapolis, Minnesota in Hennepin County, near Maple Grove. The city has a population of about 75,000.
On at least two occasions, law enforcement have targeted the underlying demand for commercial sex 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 johns and individuals offering commercial sex acts. The operation resulted in the arrests of eight attempted sex buyers and four attempted sex sellers. Within 10 minutes of posting the ad, the PPD reported they had received two calls from prospective johns. 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.
- Plymouth Police Department
- Web-Based Reverse Stings:
- “Plymouth PD Sting Results in 12 More Prostitution Arrests,” Plymouth Sun-Sailor, May 2 2012.
- 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.
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