Anderson County, SC

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

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.

Key Partners

State South Carolina
Type County
Population 206904
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