Arlington County is a county of approximately 215,000 residents, located just outside of Washington D.C. in Virginia. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity in the county are well-documented, and among the efforts to address these problems is the use of tactics targeting consumer-level demand. As in neighboring Fairfax County, the Arlington County Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings and web stings targeting local sex buyers. In their efforts, police have posted decoy ads to sites associated with commercial sex sales (like Backpage.com) and arranged to meet johns in nearby hotels. Local residents are reportedly eager to cooperate with police, hoping that addressing demand will reduce prostitution activity and its associated problems. Hotel owners have complained to police about prostitution in their rooms, and its negative impact on their businesses. The names and ages of arrested sex buyers have been released to media outlets.
- Arlington County Police Department
- Undisclosed area hotels
- Reverse Stings:
- Web Stings:
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- “FBI: MS-13 Member’s Child Prostitution Ring Serviced Clients in Fairfax”, Arlington Patch, August 23 2011.
- “Hiding in Plain View: Sex Trafficking and Massage Parlors in Northern Virginia”, Arlington Patch, November 20 2011.
- https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2011/maryland-man-charged-with-sex-trafficking-of-juvenile (2011)
- https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/pimp-pleads-guilty-sex-trafficking-minor-across-united-states (2017)
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Suburban Prostitution Targeted: Stings, New Penalties Among Police Tactics”, Washington Post, October 10 1996.
- “Internet Aids Police in Prostitution Bust”, Arlington Patch, June 27 2012.
- https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/prostitution-arrests-on-the-rise-in-northern-virginia/2014/08/15/ (2014)