Anderson County, SC
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Anderson County, South Carolina has a population of just over 200, and its county seat is Anderson. It is located about 20 miles southwest of Greenville. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city of Anderson and in surrounding areas of the county.
Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. Demand reduction tactics used in the county include reverse stings and the disclosure of sex buyer identities. In 2020, Anderson County deputies arrested 21 people in an operation that lasted several months. The operation, codenamed “Operation Square Dance,” involved undercover detectives posing as both people sexually exploited in prostitution and as sex buyers. Those arrested in the operation was charged with solicitation of prostitution. The operation also involved the public disclosure of identities, with names and arrest photos released to the public.
- Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
- Criminal Apprehension Through Community Help (CATCH) Team
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Interstate Prostitution Investigation”, Rock Hill Herald, January 2 1979.
- “Prostitution Continues to Blight Parts of Anderson County”, Anderson Independent-Mail, August 23 2008.
- “The Price of Prostitution: Women Share Stories of Lives on the Streets”, Anderson Independent-Mail, August 24 2008.
- “Fighting Prostitution Takes Community Effort, Expert Says”, Anderson Independent-Mail, August 25 2008.
- “Prostitution Arrest Numbers Up”, Anderson Independent-Mail, October 12 2008.
- “On the Streets: Trying to Leave ‘the Life’ is Hard”, Anderson Independent-Mail, October 19 2008.
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
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