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.
- Tukwila Police Department
- Seattle Police Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming:
- Information on prostitution and human trafficking in the area:
- https://komonews.com/news/local/cops-bust-asian-prostitution-ring-in-western-wash (2017)
- https://www.kuow.org/stories/how-sex-workers-helped-biggest-motel-bust-state-history (2018)