Worley, ID

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

Located in Kootenai County, Worley is a town of about 220 residents in northwestern Idaho, near the cities of Spokane, WA and Coeur d’Alene. It is within the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. Prostitution has been well-documented in the town and throughout the region. Among the more serious issues related to the area’s commercial sex industry is sex trafficking. In 2018, two local non-profits, the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition and the Boise-based Community Outreach Behavioral Services (COBS), which provides trauma care for human trafficking victims, collaborated to present a seminar about sex trafficking to about 125 attendees at Lake City Church.

While police responses have focused largely on investigating the supply and distribution components of the commercial sex market (i.e., sex traffickers/pimps and prostituted women), there have been arrests of sex buyers who ultimately create the demand driving all such markets. For example, in April 2015, nine people were arrested during a multi-agency operation targeting prostitution at Coeur d’Alene Casino, located in tribal lands in the town of Worley. Casino management had seen an increase in activities that indicated prostitution and contacted Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police for help. Information from Washington law enforcement revealed some of the people seen by casino security cameras were suspected of being prostituted women and sex buyers. The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police coordinated with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI to handle shared jurisdictional issues. Over the two-night operation, nine arrests were made; eight women were charged with prostitution and one male sex buyer was charged with solicitation of prostitution. The identity of the sex buyer and other arrestees were publicly disclosed. Investigators believe more arrests could have been made, but several social media posts warning of the “prostitution sting” at the Casino were made after the first night.

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Sting, Cameras, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State Idaho
Type City
Population 217
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