Augusta is a city of about 135,000 residents located to the east of Atlanta, along Interstate 20. Cases of prostitution and child sex trafficking have been documented in the city, and in response, at least one reverse sting operation has been conducted. In April 2014, an undercover sting targeting child prostitution netted the arrest of three men, who were charged with criminal attempted child molestation. All three were booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center. The sting was a joint operation conducted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
- Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Augusta Man Faces Charge of Sex Trafficking a Child”, Augusta Chronicle, September 3 2013.
- “Child Sex Trafficking Suspect to Be Held without Bond”, Augusta Chronicle, September 10 2013.
- “2 Plead Guilty in Sex Trafficking of Minor”, Augusta Chronicle, January 13 2014.
- “Man Pleads Guilty in Augusta Sex Trafficking Ring”, CBS/WMAZ-TV 13, May 13 2014.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Prostitution, A Dilemma for Police; Law Enforcement Officials Say the Crime Is Not a High Priority Because of Shortage of Officers,” Augusta Chronicle, October 11 1998.
- “Officer Gets Tough on Augusta’s Escort Services,” Augusta Chronicle, March 15 2002.
- “Escort Service Arrests Made,” Augusta Chronicle, March 11 2003.
- “Prostitution Suspects, Charges Released; No Children Arrested in Augusta Area”, Augusta Chronicle, July 30 2013.
- “Augusta Prostitution Sting’s 11 Arrests Fizzle in Court”, Augusta Chronicle, October 8 2014.
- https://www.wrdw.com/Eleven-people-arrested-in-undercover-prostitution-operation (2016)