Arlington County, VA

Tactics Used

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

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 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.

Key Partners

State Virginia
Type County
Population 229164
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