Proactive prostitution sting leads to more than 50 arrests in Prairie Village

Prairie Village and Leawood police collaborated in a sting operation last week that led to the arrest of more than 50 persons on pending charges of prostitution or soliciting a prostitute.

Prairie_Village_Police_BadgeEven though officers from both cities participated in the operation, all of the sting activity took place in Prairie Village and all of the arrests were made within the Prairie Village city limits.

Police Chief Wes Jordan told the Prairie Village City Council Monday that the sting was part of an ongoing strategy to discourage prostitution in the area.

“With the advent of a very old profession merging with new technology, this isn’t just happening on Independence Ave. anymore,” Jordan said. “We’re trying to be proactive and send the message to people that, if you’re looking to engage in this type of behavior, don’t come into our area to do it.”

The sting involved police using online postings to target illegal activities. Jordan said the department aims to conduct a sweeping operation like this approximately once per year.

“We do not have a prostitution problem in Prairie Village,” he said. “What we are doing is getting the message out that this in not the place to come do this, because you’re going to get caught.”