Tigard is a city of approximately 48, residents, located southwest of Portland in Washington County, Oregon. Prostitution has been known to occur in the area for decades, and businesses frequently complain to police about the detrimental effects prostitution is having on their businesses. Since approximatelypolice noticed the local commercial sex market shifting online. The Tigard Police Department has conducted web-based reverse stings to supplement stings as part of a comprehensive crackdown on prostitution.
For example, in Maypolice conducted a web-based reverse sting. Officers posted two online listings advertising prostitution services, and within 24 hours more than 75 calls were made from interested johns, and five men were arrested when they arrived at a hotel to buy sex.
Four of the men were arrested when they appeared for appointments to buy sex.
In Augustofficers conducted a similar web-based operation resulting in the arrest of nine johns, whose names and ages were provided to news outlets. In SeptemberTPD officers conducted another web-based reversal resulting in the arrest of eight johns.
In this instance, however, police were compelled to conduct the sting after management at a local hotel contacted the department to complain about suspected prostitution occurring on the property.
TPD officers then worked with the business to stage a sting on the premises. Police placed a decoy listing suggesting prostitution to a website known for commercial sex, and arranged to meet the men who responded and made an offer of money for sex.
When asked about the operation, a TPD representative stated:. In Marchfour men from around the metro area were arrested in a web-based prostitution sting in Tigard. Those arrested and charged with commercial sexual solicitation had their identities released to the media.
The four arrested men were from a pool of over 70 contacts received by investigators who used various sex advertisements to entice prostitution customers to meet at an unidentified Tigard hotel. A similar sting conducted in late resulted in 40 contacts; detectives could have arrested each of those individuals, but they instead chose to give the prospective customers a verbal warning, along with a promise they would be arrested if ever again caught in a prostitution situation.
It was originally developed by Dr. Key Partners Tigard Police Department.
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