Sioux Falls is a city of approximatelyresidents located at the crossro of two major interstate highways I and I in southeastern South Dakota. Documented cases of sex trafficking and prostitution have occurred in the city, some as part of interstate criminal operations.
For example, between andthere was a federal campaign against organized interstate prostitution — much of which would now be called sex trafficking — in the upper Midwest of the United States. By the end of the campaign in mid, the bar had lost itsand men and women had been convicted of violating the Mann Act. In Decemberan operation was uncovered that took in homeless teen girls and gave them clean clothes, drugs, alcohol and shelter.
In exchange, an adult trafficker forced the girls to work as prostitutes out of a one-bedroom apartment just blocks from the federal courthouse in downtown Sioux Falls. At least one sex seller has also been murdered in the city.
To deter sex buyers that drive all prostitution as sex trafficking enterprises, the Sioux Falls Police Department conducts web-based reverse stings. In one operation intwo decoys plus officers in support of the decoy conducted a web-based reversal. A local hotel collaborated with police, providing a location for the decoy, the team to meet and for arrests to take place.
The department posted online for escort services and began getting responses within 20 minutes, receiving more than text messages in responses to the. The names, home towns, and ages of arrestees were released to the media. In another web-based reversal later infive men responded to decoy and seven men were arrested.
The arrestees ranged in age from 23 to Another reverse sting occurred on January 31,resulting in three arrests.
One man twice arrested for soliciting sex online was rearrested in September, for using Craigslist to buy sex while on a work release program due to a prior soliciting charge. Some of the operations have focused on arresting men attempting to buy sex from children.
For example, inone operation resulted in 17 men arrested for attempting to buy sex from minors. The names of those arrested were released to the media.
In Februarythe Sioux Falls Police Department announced a commitment to operations intended to deter sex buyers and reduce the demand for commercial sex, as a means of reducing problems associated with prostitution and human trafficking. For example, in earlySioux Falls police posted decoy for commercial sex and had responses from over individuals. The police efforts are part of a comprehensive push to address sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, which includes victims service programs, and a human trafficking awareness conference occurring in early March It was originally developed by Dr. ZIP: 57110 57104 57105 57106 57107 57103 57108 57197 57117 57101 57109 57186 57193