Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, with a population of approximatelyresidents.
Situated in Sedgwick County at the junction of Interstate 35 and U. Route 54, the city has struggled with commercial sex sales along major roadways since at least the early s. The south and north corridors of Broadway Street, formerly known as U. Highway 81, are frequently cited by residents and local law enforcement as area with high levels of prostitution activity.
A wide range of problems are known to accompany prostitution in Wichita. For example, sexually exploited women and girls have been murdered in the city, and both sex buyers and individuals providing commercial sex have been assaulted and robbed by pimps. To address the such issues, the Wichita Police Department has elaborated an aggressive and comprehensive strategy that includes targeted efforts to identify and apprehend sex buyers.
Street-level reverse stings have been utilized for over 20 years, with operations concentrated in Chisholm Park and the Broadway Street areas. Wichita police conduct prostitution operations on a routine basis, using one or more undercover female officers as decoys.
As johns attempt to solicit sex from the women, they are apprehended by police. Recent examples include a reverse sting conducted in December, that resulted in the arrest of 11 male sex buyers. The men were arrested on suspicion of patronizing a prostitute and hiring a prostitute to engage in sexual acts in the Broadway corridor area.
During the last four months ofpolice had arrested 48 men for attempting to buy sex in the Broadway area.
From August through Maylaw enforcement authorities had conducted 17 sex crimes special asment operations, with a total of arrests men and 27woman. The most recent of those was a reverse sting resulting in the arrest of eight sex buyers on May 1, Participating tly in the investigation were Wichita Patrol south officers, Patrol west officers, Patrol south and north community response teams, and the Wichita Police Department Vice Unit.
In June, another operation produced the arrest of 11 sex buyers. Police in Wichita have also partnered with community members to encourage self-policing within city neighborhoods.
Law enforcement now routinely coordinates operations with similar anti-trafficking agencies, and conducts frequent surveillance checks of internet sites known to be used by those paying to sexually abuse children. In Mayone such investigation employed the use of a web sting.
Detectives posted a decoy advertisement offering commercial sex with a minor. As sex buyers replied to the listing, they were contacted by an undercover female officer posing as a sex trafficked minor.
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