Prostitution is a problem in the county, and is known by federal and state investigators to be on domestic sex trafficking circuits.
On at least one occasion, federal prosecutors discovered a human trafficking and prostitution ring operating in Louisville with ties to several other cities including KnoxvilleMorristown, Johnson Cityand Nashville. Prostitution-related homicides and serial murders have also occurred in the community.
Commercial sex- and drug-related arrests have also at times overlapped, as confirmed in an August arrest of a couple for the sex trafficking of a minor in exchange for heroin. Prostitution has become increasingly visible in the city in recent years, compelling the Louisville Metro Police Department to incorporate several tactics to identify and arrest sex buyers.
To this end, the LMPD has conducted a series of successful web-based reverse stings by posting decoy advertisements on sites like Craigslist and street-level reverse stings using an undercover female officer as a street-prostitution decoyat times netting upwards of 20 johns in a single operation. Although the LMPD has not released the names and identities of offenders to the media, police continue to emphasize the importance of community vigilance in discussions with local news outlets.
If we make it so that the Johns are scared to come into a particular area to try and purchase a prostitute, then we have also served our mission. In Mayduring Kentucky Derby week, a web-based reverse sting in Louisville targeted those who sought to buy sex with children. Undercover officers posted online, an undercover officer posed as an underage girl and arranged to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money with the suspects individually.
Nearly s, texts or phone calls were received in response to those twoand police had communication with individuals. Nine men made arrangements to meet at a hotel on Hurstbourne and Bluegrass parkways, and upon arrival each was arrested and then charged with human trafficking.
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