Texas City, TX

Tactics Used

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

Texas City is a city of approximately 51,280 residents, situated on Texas’ Gulf Coast in Galveston County, near Galveston and League City. The city has reported significant problems with prostitution and related crime, including multiple high-profile cases of prostitution-related homicide.

In 2008, for example, a john was tortured and murdered in a city hotel room by two men after refusing to pay a woman he had procured for commercial sex. In 2010, the two men involved were each sentenced to roughly 40 years in prison for murder.

In an unrelated case, a serial killer who specifically targeted sex sellers murdered two women in Texas City. According to media reports, two victims’ bodies were discovered in 2001. Soon after, a woman involved in prostitution from Galveston came forward and reported “been beaten, bound and left naked in the same field” where the bodies had been found. In 2004, a Texas City resident pled guilty to the two killings, and was sentenced to at least 70 years in prison.

In their efforts to combat demand driving prostitution and sex trafficking locally, the Texas City Police Department has conducted several street-level reverse stings using police decoys. Reversals are often conducted in parallel with operations targeting sex sellers; in late October 2015, for example, 11 johns (and two women offering prostitution) were arrested following a street-level reversal in the city. Although the logistical details of the operation were not disclosed, law enforcement reported the sting was a joint effort between the TCPD, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Office, and League City Police Department. All of the arrestees’ names and mugshots were publicized in press.

To our knowledge, the city does not apply any special sanctions (such as community service or a john school) designed for arrested sex buyers.

Key Partners

  • Texas City Police Department
  • Galveston County Narcotics Task Force
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Chambers County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hitchcock Police Department
  • Clear Lake Shores Police Department

Key Sources

 

 

State Texas
Type City
Population 51278
Location
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