Shepherdsville, KY

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

Shepherdsville is a home rule-class city on the Salt River in Northern Kentucky, located just south of Louisville, KY. It is the government seat of Bullitt County, KY, and has a population of approximately 12,200 residents. While prostitution has not been reported as a significant issue in the city, due to tis close proximity to the City of Louisville, instances of its occurrence have been documented in the city and surrounding areas. Among the more serious issues associated with the city’s commercial sex market is sex trafficking. For example, in 2020, during a web-based reverse sting targeting individuals seeking to sexually exploit minors in exchange for money, led by the Louisville Metro Police Department, a Shepherdsville man was one of seven men arrested. All seven men were charged with promoting human trafficking victim under 18 years of age and prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure minor/peace officer.

Shaming and loss of employment are consequences of buying sex in the city. For example, in 2015, the former Mayor of Shepherdsville was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. According to reports, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the former Mayor in December 2014 after deputies had received reports of the former Mayor’s alleged misconduct, in which three women stated that the former Mayor had allegedly offered them items in exchange for sex acts. In 2015, officials released evidence of the former Mayor’s misconduct including a video confession in which the former Mayor admitted to using his elected position to solicit sex acts from a woman on parole and hundreds of Facebook messages. In August of 2015, the Shepherdsville City Council voted 4-2 to approve a resolution formally asking the former Mayor to resign. The former Mayor officially resigned from his position in February of 2016. The offender’s identity and image were included in reports by local media outlets.

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State Kentucky
Type City
Population 12218
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