Tallahassee, FL

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

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida and has a population of approximately 170,000.  The city also serves as the government seat of Leon County.  Prostitution has been identified by law enforcement as a problem in the city, and residents have complained to police about prostitution in certain neighborhoods.  Associated crimes that have been well-documented in the city include child sex trafficking, the assaults on women engaged in prostitution, and a sex buyer murdered by a sex seller.

In response to such concerns, since 1991, police have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex by conducting reverse stings.  The Tallahassee Police Department has conducted at least one reverse sting and one sting, which resulted in two arrests. In October 2011, the Tallahassee Police Department and several law enforcement agencies conducted a web sting which resulted in the arrest of 35 men soliciting sex with minors. The arrests were made as a part of Operation Tallyop by the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In June 2012, five Florida counties arrested 119 suspected sexual predators over six weeks. The Florida Sheriff’s Task Force, along with the North, Central and South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, focused on identifying and apprehending cyber predators in Bay, Broward, Citrus, Polk and Sarasota counties.

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State Florida
Type City
Population 168979
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