Prairie Village, KS

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Prairie Village is a small city of about 20,000, situated near Overland Park among the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are substantial problems in the area.  We know of one reverse sting that occurred in Prairie Village, a web-based operation conducted in August 2012.  The police department posted a decoy ad online and, in a two-day operation, arrested 13 men who arrived at a hotel room and offered to buy sex with a woman police decoy. The reverse sting was a component of a larger operation that focused also on supply (prostituted and trafficked women and girls) and distribution (pimps and traffickers) and resulted in 52 arrests overall. Police from neighboring towns assisted, including officers from Leawood, Shawnee, and Mission Police Departments.  In July 2013, a similar joint sting/reverse sting produced over 50 prostitution arrests.

In July, 2018, the Kansas Attorney General announced a new awareness campaign in Kansas is aimed at cutting the demand for prostitution as a way to fight human trafficking. The campaign involves state agencies and local advocacy groups teaming up to push the “Demand an End” initiative, which features education and announcements warning people that buyers of sex face charges. The campaign intends to promote a culture where buying sex is not acceptable. It is based on the assumption that the money from sex buyers fuels a marketplace that enables sex trafficking.


Key Partners

  • Prairie Village Police Department
  • Leawood Police Department
  • Shawnee Police Department
  • Mission Police Department
  • Johnson County District Attorney
State Kansas
Type City
Population 21447
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