Zephyrhills, FL

Tactics Used

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

Zephyrhills is a small city of about 13,000 residents situated near Tampa Bay in Pasco County, Florida. Some areas of the city have been known for street prostitution, particularly along U.S. 301.  Cases of targeted homicides of women engaged in prostitution have also been documented.  Community complaints about prostitution play a role in police responses, which have included efforts to combat consumer-level demand.  According to a National Assessment survey completed by members of the Zephyrhills Police Department, the city conducts roughly 1-2 reverse stings per year and publicizes the identities of the men arrested.  Officers have used reverse stings and shaming tactics since 2005.  In their efforts, the ZPD has at times collaborated with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

State Florida
Type City
Population 13020
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