Wise County, 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

Wise County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population is approximately 72,000. Its county seat is Decatur, and it is part of the  DallasFort WorthArlington metropolitan statistical area. Other noteworthy cities in this county include Bridgeport  and Decatur.  Prostitution activity has been well-documented within the county, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. 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 December 2017 a reverse sting operation was conducted in Wise County, in response to complaints and leads suggesting that there was prostitution activity in the county.  Phone numbers were advertised, and the people seeking the services of the prostitutes, who were actually undercover officers, called to set up the meetings.  Numerous phone calls were received very soon after the ad was posted, and while many who called did not commit to show up and complete the commercial sex transaction, others did.  Two teams of were at locations in both Bridgeport and Decatur to meet the sex buyers and make the arrests.  Six men were arrested on prostitution charges – three local residents, two from Fort Worth and one from Denton County. The identities of the men arrested for trying to buy sex were not released publicly.  The operation was a collaborative effort that included the Bridgeport and Decatur police departments, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Background on Local Prostitution:

State Texas
Type County
Population 71724
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