St. Charles, MO

Tactics Used

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

Saint Charles is a city in, and the county seat of, St. Charles County, Missouri. The population is about 70,000, making St. Charles the ninth-largest city in Missouri. It is located along the Missouri River, and is a northwestern suburb of St. Louis.

Prostitution and sex trafficking activity in St. Charles County have been well-documented for decades. Among the tactics used to address thee crimes are those focused on consumer-level demand. For example, in June 2017, fourteen people were arrested during a web-based reverse sting operation conducted by the St. Louis County Police Multijurisdictional Human Trafficking Task Force and collaborating agencies. The target was consumer level demand, specifically those seeking to purchase sex from potential human trafficking victims. The investigation concluded with 14 people alleged to have tried to purchase sex from potential trafficking victims between June 19, 2017, and June 22, 2017, at various locations within St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The names, ages, and addresses of the 14 individuals were listed in news reports. Thirteen of those arrested were from the St. Louis area, one was from Michigan.

Key Partners

  • St. Charles County Police Department
  • St. Louis County Police Multijurisdictional Human Trafficking Task Force
  • FBI, St. Louis Field Office
  • Maryland Heights Police Department
  • Bridgeton Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming:

Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:


State Missouri
Type City
Population 70329
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