Winder, GA

Tactics Used

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

Winder is a city of about Barrow County is a county of approximately 70,000 residents, located about an hour northeast of Atlanta, Georgia (near Athens).  In May 2012, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office conducted a web-based reverse sting that resulted in the arrest of four johns. Officers placed a decoy advertisement to, offering commercial sex. When men responded to the listing and arranged to meet with an undercover female officer at a motel in Winder, they were arrested by Barrow County deputies.  The names, ages, and towns of residence of those arrested were released to the public.

Key Partners

  •  Barrow County Sheriff’s Office



State Georgia
Type City
Population 14099
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