Harrison County is located in southern Mississippi, and has a population of aboutIts largest cities are Biloxi and Gulfport. Prostitution activity, including cases of alleged sex trafficking of adults and minors and assaults on individuals selling sex, has been reported in the county for decades.
Businesses and residents lodge complaints about prostitution to police, and federal authorities have investigated cases of illegal immigrants being harbored in the county for the purpose of engaging in prostitution. For example, the Biloxi Police Department has conducted street-level and web-based stings that resulted in the arrest of multiple men.
In OctoberBPD officers staged a street-level operation using a female undercover officer as a decoy, and intercepted 23 johns after the men attempted to purchase sex from her. In November,seventeen people were arrested for charges prostitution in biloxi ms drugs and prostitution in a large-scale operation involving police agencies from all along the gulf coast and targeted escort service and individuals listed on Craigslist.
In June,Biloxi police arrested thirteen people in a prostitution sting. Seven men and six women were taken into custody for prostitution or solicitation, including men who drove the women to meet clients at a hotel.
Several also faced misdemeanor drug charges. Gulfport police have conducted street-level reverse stings eight to nine times per year, on average, since They began conducting web-based stings inand conduct them about once per year.
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