15.415 - Prostitution Investigations

Effective Date:05/07/2019

Given the complexity, special investigative requirements and the challenges related to prostitution investigations, officers are directed not to take enforcement action under the following circumstances unless directed to do so by the High-Risk Victims Section/Human Trafficking Unit:

- Adult Entertainment: The Adult Entertainment Ordinance regulates nude dancing / clubs (SMC Chapter 6.270)

- Illicit Massage Parlors/Businesses, (IMB’s).

- Online investigations involving prostitution and prostitution-related crimes.

- Escort/Brothel investigations: These investigations include commercial property, motels, apartments or residences involved in prostitution or prostitution-related crimes.

Refer any complaints to the Human Trafficking Unit (206-684-8660).


Adrian Diaz, Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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