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Atlantic Beach is a town in Horry County, South Carolina. It is located along the northeast coast of the state, approximately 100 miles north of Charleston, and its population is about 230. Most of the land around the town is annexed into the city of North Myrtle Beach. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well documented throughout the county. Community complaints of solicitation have led the Horry County Police Department to adopt new strategies in an effort to combat consumer demand throughout the county – including in the town of Atlantic Beach. For example, in March, 2014, three people were arrested after Horry County police were called to a hotel to check on a man lying naked in a truck. According to the Horry County Police report, two men at the hotel on South Highway 17 in the Atlantic Beach area had paid $40 each to have sex with a woman in a truck. Police arrested all three people involved, and each was charged with one count of prostitution. All three were released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center with $2,500 bonds.
- Horry County Police Department
Arrest and Disclosure of Sex Buyer Identities:
Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- “Ten Arrested in Parlor Raids”, Myrtle Beach Sun News, October 17 1998.
- “Briefly/Local, State”, Myrtle Beach Sun News, March 20 1999.
- “Council Passes Tougher Laws”, Myrtle Beach Sun News, April 18 2001.
- “Six Arrested in Connection with Myrtle Beach Prostitution Ring”, NBC/WIS-TV 10, October 17 2002.
- “Horry County Officer Resigns After Arrest for Soliciting Prostitution”, NBC/WIS-TV 10, February 2 2007.
- “6 Busted in Horry County for Prostitution”, NBC/WMBF-TV 32, September 10 2008.
- “6 Arrested in NMB Prostitution Sting”, NBC/WMBF-TV 32, October 5 2009.
- “Investigation: Sex for Sale?”, NBC/WMBF-TV 32, May 5 2010.
- “Undercover Operation at Gentleman’s Clubs Yields 9 Arrests”, NBC/WMBF-TV 32, July 22 2011.
- “Look Inside Prostitution Stings in Horry Co.”, NBC/WMBF-TV 32, July 30 2012.
- https://www.wbtw.com/20-people-arrested-in-two-undercover-prostitution-stings (2019)
- https://www.wbtw.com/8-arrested-in-horry-county-prostitution-case/ (2021)