Siloam Springs, AR

Tactics Used

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

Siloam Springs is a city of approximately 15,000 residents, located in Benton County in northwest Arkansas. In an effort to identify and apprehend sex buyers, the Siloam Springs Police Department has conducted at least two web-based reverse stings. In February and June of 2009, officers posted advertisements selling sex on Craigslist and Backpage.com. When men replied to the listings and agreed to meet, they were arrested for solicitation. The men’s names and other identifying information were released to the local media.

Key Sources

  • Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
    • “Group Arrested in Siloam Springs for Prostitution”, Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, February 18 2009.
    • “Prostitution Sting”, NWA Media, June 1 2009.
  • Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
State Arkansas
Type City
Population 14480
Location
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