Texas City, TX

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

Texas City is a city of approximately 54,000 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 male sex buyer 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 the murder. In an unrelated case, a serial killer who specifically targeted sexually exploited persons murdered two women in Texas City. According to media reports, the 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 those being sold for sex; in late October 2015, for example, 11 male sex bueyrs (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

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Special Crimes Unit Snags Nine in Sting,” Texas City Sun, July 4 2002.
  • “Prostitutes Charged in TC Sting,” Texas City Sun, August 30 2002.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets 16,” Texas City Daily News, April 9 2005.
  • “Police: 4 Charged in Prostitution Sting,” Texas City Daily News, December 30 2011.
  • “5 Charged in Prostitution Sting,” Texas City Daily News, June 6 2012.
  • “Police Arrest 3 Women in Prostitution Sting,” Texas City Daily News, September 1 2012.

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Texas
Type City
Population 54248
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