Wright County, IA

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

Wright County, Iowa has a population of approximately 13,000 and its county seat is the city of Clarion. Prostitution activity has been well-documented within the county, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies. Demand reduction tactics used in the county include the arrest of sex buyers and the public disclosure of their identities. For example, in July, 2021, a man received a suspended sentence of jail time in Wright County after pleading not guilty to a charge of prostitution with a minor. He was taken into Wright County Jail for sexually exploiting a 15-year-old girl in September of 2017. He was originally charged with third degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, which he pleaded not guilty to. A plea agreement was met to change the charge to prostitution with a minor, a Class D felony, which he again pleaded not guilty to, according to court documents. He was sentenced with a suspended five years of prison time, a fine of $750 and a $1,000 human trafficking surcharge. He also was required to pay $172.97 in pecuniary damages for the benefit of the victim, according to court records.  A no-contact order was put in place between the victim and the man until 2026, and he will serve a probation period of five years, and must complete sex offender treatment.

Key Partners

  • Wright County Sheriff’s Office
State Iowa
Type County
Population 12644
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