web-stings

Lisbon, OH

Lisbon is a village of about 3,000 residents and is the county seat of Columbiana County, Ohio. Located along the Little Beaver Creek, it is a part of the Salem micropolitan area, about 23 miles southwest of Youngstown. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the county and surrounding areas. To address consumer-level demand, […]

Lake County, OH

Lake County is a county of about 232,000 residents in northeast Ohio, located east of Cleveland on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The county seat is Painesville. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the county. For example, in September 2013, a 64-year-old man was arrested in Painsville for allegedly trying to solicit […]

Wickliffe, OH

Wickliffe is a city of about 13,000 residents in Lake County, Ohio. Located in northeast Ohio, it is a suburb of Cleveland. Prostitution and related drug use have been documented in the city and surrounding areas. To address these problems, at least one web-based reverse sting has been conducted in they city. In February 2023, […]

Bad Axe, MI

Bad Axe is a city of about 3,000 residents and is the county seat of Huron County, Michigan. The city is located in the Thumb region of the Lower Peninsula. At least one web-based reverse sting has occurred in the city. In March 2023, two men arrested in a July 2022 sting pleaded “no contest” […]

Brown County, IN

Brown County is a county of about 16,000 residents in southern Indiana, roughly 60 miles south of Indianapolis. The county seat is Nashville. At least one web-based reverse sting has been conducted in the county. In April 2023, eight men were arrested on child solicitation charges in law enforcement operations in Brown and Johnson counties. […]

Bainbridge, GA

Bainbridge is a city of about 14,000 residents and is the county seat of Decatur County, Georgia. Sex trafficking of both adults and children has occurred locally. At least one web-based reverse sting has occurred in the city. In March 2023, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) conducted an undercover online investigation targeting child predators […]

Martinez, CA

Martinez is a city of approximately 37,000 residents and is the county seat of Contra Costa County, California. It is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Sex trafficking, including the sex trafficking of minors, has occurred in the city and surrounding areas. At least one web-based reverse sting has […]

Lafayette, TN

Lafayette is a city of about 6,000 residents and is the county seat of Macon County, TN. It is located in the northern part of the state, roughly 60 miles northeast of Nashville. At least one web-based reverse sting has been conducted in the city. In April 2023, a 25-year-old Lafayette man was arrested after […]

Ashland County, OH

Ashland County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, its population was approximately 53,000, and its county seat and largest city is Ashland (with a population of roughly 20,000). Prostitution activity has been well-documented within the county, and the problems and ancillary crimes […]

Kennebec County, ME

Kennebec County is located in the South-central portion of Maine. At the 2020 census, its population was approximately 124,000. Its county seat is the city of Augusta, the state capital (with approximately 19,000 residents).  Prostitution activity has been well documented within the county for decades, and has generated complaints to police. Sexual exploitation of minors […]