Taylorsville, UT

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

Taylorsville is a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah, with a population of just over 60,000 at the time of the 2020 Census. The city lies within Salt Lake County. Prostitution has posed considerable problems in the community for decades, generating related cases of sex trafficking and sexual assault. 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 October, 2014, a man was charged in Taylorsville Justice Court on a misdemeanor charge of “soliciting a prostitute.” At the time, the Taylorsville City Attorney said the prosecutor and the defendant’s attorney had “substantive plea negotiations” but did not reach an agreement. Prosecutors also filed a contempt of court case against the man for failing to appear in court to testify against the woman accused of “being the prostitute.” The case centered on events in March, 2013, when a Unified Police Department officer found a man and woman in a motel on Redwood Road. According to a police report, the man said he was helping the woman “financially until she got back onto her feet.” The woman eventually admitted that she and the man had engaged in sexual activity. The man was later called as a witness in the misdemeanor case against the allegedly prostituting woman. He was issued a subpoena to testify in Taylorsville Justice Court for a trial, but did not appear either time. In December, 2014, the case was officially resolved after the man submitted an affidavit pleading no contest to one count of class B misdemeanor “patronizing a prostitute.”  The plea was held in abeyance for 12 months, at which time the case would be dismissed, so long as the man commits no new crimes, pays a $680 fee, and continues with counseling. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dismissed the contempt of court case for failing to appear in court to testify against the woman accused of prostitution.

In June, 2022, the Taylorsville Police Department assisted law enforcement with the Utah Attorney General’s SECURE Task Force and the Sandy PD to  arrest and charge a 19-year-old man with seven felonies, with including: Two counts of Human Trafficking of a Child; two counts of Sodomy on a Child; two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child; and one count of Enticing a Minor. The man was arrested at his Sandy apartment, and was believed to have been involved in a recent attempted kidnapping of two minor children in Sandy.  He was initially held without bail at the Salt Lake County Jail.

Key Partners

  • Taylorsville Police Department
  • Taylorsville City Attorney’s Office
    • Taylorsville Justice Court
  • Sandy Police Department
  • Utah Attorney General’s SECURE Task Force

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Arrest, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Sex Trafficking in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:


State Utah
Type City
Population 60448
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