Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Tactics Used

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

Sault Ste. Marie is a city in northern Michigan, abutting the Canadian border, and has a population of approximately 17,000.  Prostitution and sex trafficking have been identified by law enforcement as problems in the city, and residents have complained to police about prostitution.  In response to such concerns, police have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex.  The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department has conducted at least two reverse stings, which resulted in 20 arrests in 2010.  The identities of arrested sex buyers were released to local news outlets.

Key Partners

  • Sault Ste. Marie Police Department
  • Michigan State Police
State Michigan
Type City
Population 16630
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