Tukwila, WA

Tactics Used

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

Tukwila is a Seattle suburb with a population of approximately 17,500.  Prostitution and sex trafficking in local hotels has been identified as a major problem in the city.  Police report that that the majority of calls for service are regarding crime occurring in the motels that are hubs for prostitution and drug-related crime.  The Tukwila Police department has conducted reverse stings since 1993 in order to target consumer-level demand for commercial sex.  The Tukwila and Seattle Police Departments have conducted web stings in order to address human trafficking and the prostituting (or sex trafficking) of minors. For example, in 2015, police arrested a man in a sting operation in which a police officer posed as a 15-year-old girl. The suspect allegedly arrived at at the arranged meeting place in a Tukwila hotel. He had $600 in cash, and via text messages had agreed to pay $300 for sex with the child without using a condom.  The man’s identity was publicly disclosed.

Key Partners

  • Tukwila Police Department
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
State Washington
Type City
Population 17230
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