Post Falls, ID

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

Post Falls is a city of approximately 43,000 residents in Kootenai County, Idaho, between Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, Washington. It is a suburb to the east of Coeur d’Alene. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the city and greater county area. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the city experienced significant problems with massage parlors and escort businesses that served as fronts for prostitution. Among the more serious issues associated with the local commercial sex market is child sex trafficking and other child sexual abuse.

In efforts to reduce demand for commercial sex in the area, the Post Falls Police Department (PFPD) has participated in web-based reverse sting operations. These have often been in collaboration with other local and federal law enforcement agencies. For example, in 2019, the PFPD hosted a federal investigation led by Department of Homeland Security and the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Operation Lonely Hearts, that targeted individuals seeking to sexually exploit minors online in exchange for money. As a result of the investigation, five male sex buyers were arrested after attempting to solicit sex from undercover officers posing as underage girls. The images and identities of the arrested sex buyers were included in reports by local media outlets. Additional agencies that participated in the operation included the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho, Washington State Patrol, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State Idaho
Type City
Population 42610
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