Sidney, NE

Tactics Used

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

Sidney is a city of less than 7,000 residents, and serves as the government seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska. The city is located in southern Nebraska, within 10 miles of the Colorado state line.  Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of Cheyenne County.  This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response.  For example, in January 2015, a man was charged in Cheyenne County Court of 3rd degree assault and solicitation of prostitution.

In January 2018, four men previously arrested in an undercover prostitution sting appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court. Undercover investigators had posted advertisements on the internet. Men responded to the ads and texted the “females” to arrange pricing and the location where they would meet for commercial sex.  In the communications, the stated age of the provider of commercial sex was 15 years old.  In two instances, undercover investigators arrange for the men to buy sex with a 15-year-old girl and her mother. Once the men arrived to the location, the arrest team answered the door and arrested the suspects. Charges included Sex Trafficking (Class 1B Felony), Solicitation of Prostitution (Class IV felony and Class 1 misdemeanor). The investigation was a collaborative effort of nine different agencies including the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, the Scottsbluff County Attorney’s Office, the Salvation Army, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Scottsbluff Police Department, the Gering Police Department, the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, the Sidney Police Department and the Alliance Police Department.

 

 

Key Partners

  • Sidney Police Department
  • Nebraska State Patrol
  • Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force operation
  • WING (Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group) Task Force
  • Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gering Police Department
  • Scottsbluff Police Department
  • Alliance Police Department
  • Scottsbluff County Attorney’s Office
  • Salvation Army
  • Nebraska Attorney General’s Office
State Nebraska
Type City
Population 6888
Location
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