Wenatchee, WA

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

Wenatchee is a city located in Central Washington and has a population of roughly 30,000.  Prostitution is documented to have occurred in the city in the 1800s and efforts to combat prostitution in the city date back to the 1930s.

In 2010, the Wenatchee Police Department arrested five men in a prostitution sting after placing an ad on a website known commercial sex sales. Law enforcement used a confidential informant to answer a prepaid phone, and set up meetings at a local motel with those who responded to the listing. Over the course of the investigation, five men ages 25 to 46 appeared and offered to pay for sex, and were apprehended by police. The sting involved five police officers, including one captain, three of whom waited in a rented room at a local motel. As noted, they also enlisted the help of a confidential informant who posed as a prostitute and provided her a prepaid cell phone to answer calls from prospective customers.  All of the offenders were booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on suspicion of patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor.

Key Partners

  • Wenatchee Police Department

Key Sources

State Washington
Type City
Population 30229
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