SOAP Orders

This tactic involves prohibiting or restricting arrested sex buyers from visiting areas with known prostitution activity, and/or the vicinity of their arrest. The general approach—called geographic “exclusion zones” or “restraining orders” when applied to other kinds of offenders—are often identified as “Stay Out of Areas with Prostitution” or “SOAP” orders when applied to sex buyers (as well as to prostituted women).  SOAP orders have been used for sex buyers in at least 84 U.S. cities and counties.

To learn more about this intervention, access the resources below.

Overview of the Use of SOAP Orders in the United States

City Ordinances Establishing and Describing SOAP Orders

Proposed State Legislation Allowing Cities to Establish SOAP Orders

Reports on SOAP Orders


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