New Orleans, LA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Prostitution and sex trafficking have a long history in New Orleans, presenting a number of problems for the city.  New Orleans is also one of the cities we have encountered in which preschool aged children have been found in vehicles or hotel rooms during prostitution arrests. In one case, a pimp and woman selling sex had a 4-year-old in the room where they had arranged to meet sex buyers during a sting operation. The city has also documented numerous cases of sex trafficking of both adults and minors, as well has serial killers who specifically targeted sex sellers.

Historically, the vast majority of law enforcement efforts to address the problems in New Orleans  have focused on arresting women for selling sex.  Very few reverse stings have been conducted in the city, but this appears to be changing.  The New Orleans Police Department conducted at least one reverse sting prior to 2013, in response to complaints from the community.  Beginning in the fall of 2013, more frequent reversals have been conducted. For example in December 2013, Seventh and Eighth District Police officers and members of the NOPD’s VICE Unit arrested five men in a reverse sting conducted along the Chef Menteur Highway.  The operation was launched after police received multiple complaints from residents and business owners who noticed an increase in suspected prostitution all along Chef, from Downman Road to Read Boulevard. Seventh District detectives also said they proceeded with the enforcement effort because they noticed a recent increase in crimes associated with prostitution, such as illegal drug sales, armed robberies and shootings.  The identities of the arrestees in the December 2013 reversal were released to the media, the first instance we have found in New Orleans.

A john school has been established in the city. It held its first class in November 2013. Its curriculum was modeled after the Nashville  john school.  The program was designed by Behavioral Treatment Providers, and begins with the same structure and educational elements as the Nashville John School.  It also is similar to Nashville in generating revenue for a survivor treatment program (Eden House in New Orleans, similar to the Thistle Farms program in Nashville).  Additional information about the program will be posted when it becomes available.



Key Partners

  • New Orleans Police Department
  • Eden House
  • Behavioral Treatment Providers (Nashville, TN)

Key Sources


State Louisiana
Type City
Population 354850
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