Albany, GA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Albany is a city of approximately 73,000 residents, located in Dougherty County in southwestern Georgia. According to reports from local law enforcement, the city has struggled with persistent prostitution activity linked to illegal drug sales. There has also been documented sex trafficking activity in the area. To address these issues, the Albany Police Department has partnered with the Dougherty County Police Department, District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office to create the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit (ADDU). In September, 2022, an undercover prostitution operation conducted by the ADDU led to multiple arrests. The Undercover Prostitution Operation targeted known areas where illegal activity was occurring; out of the seven suspects encountered, five offered sexual acts in exchange for money and were charged with prostitution.

Since its inception, the ADDU has conducted at least four street-level reverse stings to identify and apprehend sex buyers through 2012. The operations, which utilized undercover female officers as decoys, were often conducted to supplement larger anti-narcotics initiatives. As a warning to other would-be offenders, the ADDU has at times released the names of arrested sex buyers to the local media. More recently, similar operations have been conducted. For example, in March 2017 a reverse sting by the ADDU resulted in five arrests. The first arrest was at a Walgreen’s parking lot on North Slappey, and a second arrest came at the intersection of 4th and Slappey. A similar effort occurred in 2016. Referring to the 2017 operation, the ADDU commander said they would be targeting areas where residents have complained of prostitution, and said the West Highland Avenue and South Davis neighborhood were known to have “rampant” prostitution for the prior few years.

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State Georgia
Type City
Population 72634
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