Baldwin County, AL

Tactics Used

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

Baldwin County, AL is a county located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Alabama and has a population of approximately 220,000 residents. It is the largest county in Alabama and is located on the eastern side of Mobile Bay. The county seat is the town of Bay Minette, AL. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has curtailed prostitution activity through the implementation of demand reduction tactics such as reverse stings. For example, in early 2008, the BCSO’s Baldwin County Drug Task Force arrested 20 sex buyers at a local motel after the men arranged to pay $100.000 for sex with a female undercover officer. In coordination with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, police departments from Daphne, Foley, and Gulf Shores were additionally conducting reverse stings on a local level. As a result of the multi-city collaboration, 57 sex buyers were arrested. According to media reports, the BCSO placed decoy advertisements for escort services in the Mobile Press-Register in the weeks leading up to the sting and arranged meetings with the men who responded. In the days following the sting, all of the arrestees’ names were released to the public.

In 2019, an investigation was conducted after officers received complaints of prostitution at a local massage parlor in Foley, AL. After the Foley Police Department executed the search warrant, the City of Foley revoked the massage parlor license and officers charged two employees with misdemeanor prostitution charges and the owner with a felony charge of promoting prostitution. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that the owner had an additional parlor in Daphne, AL., in which officers executed a search warrant on the same day. The owner was charged with an additional felony charge of promoting prostitution and an employee was charged with a misdemeanor charge of prostitution. Identities, images, ages, locations, and charges of arrested offenders were included in local news reports.

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

Shaming:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Rape or Sex for Pay? Baldwin Jury Must Rule; Defendants Charges Result of Money Dispute”, Mobile Press-Register, December 8 1992.
  • “Trial Opens: Woman Says Was Raped at Gunpoint; Former Escort Agency Employee Says She Agreed to Have Sex with Only One of the Four Men on Trial”, Mobile Press-Register, December 9 1992.
  • “Three Men Convicted of Raping Prostitute; Mobile Charges Possible in Three Similar Attacks”, Mobile Press-Register, December 11 1992.
  • “Man Meets Bond in Prostitution Rape Case; On Thursday, Presiding Circuit Judge Charles Partin Denied a Motion to Increase Bond”, Mobile Press-Register, December 18 1992.
  • “Man Convicted in Gang Rape Admits Role in Another Attack; Baldwin Judge Hands Down Sentences for Assault on Prostitute”, Mobile Press-Register, January 28 1993.
  • “Police Arrest Robbery Suspects and Victim; Robbery Suspects, Victim Arrested”, Mobile Press-Register, November 24 2009.
  • “Robbery Suspects, Victim Charged”, Gulf Coast News Today, November 25 2009.
  • “Robbery, Prostitution And Murder”, CBS/WKRG-TV 5, December 27 2011.
State Alabama
Type County
Population 223234
Location
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