Anderson, SC

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Anderson is a city of roughly 27,000 residents located in western South Carolina, about 20 miles southwest of Greenville. The city has had a substantial prostitution problem, as indicated by the level of complaints police receive from residents and businesses, the presence of neighborhood groups focused on addressing prostitution, and the presence of nonprofit organizations devoted to working with survivors of commercial sex in Anderson.

Reverse stings have occurred in the city since at least 2005, and probably before. In a 2009 operation, one man was arrested for soliciting, while another team using a decoy sex buyer arrested a woman who was HIV positive and selling sex.

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 in prostitution and sex buyers. Everyone arrested in the operation was charged with solicitation of prostitution. The operation also involved shaming, as names and arrest photos were released to the public.


Key Partners

State South Carolina
Type City
Population 27289
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