Beckley, WV

Tactics Used

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

Beckley, West Virginia is a small city of less than 20,000 residents.  Community complaints about prostitution led police to conduct prostitution operations.  Reasoning that reducing demand would cause the market to contract and reduce the need for a supply to be present, the Beckley Police Department began conducting reverse stings in 2006.  Since then, they have conducted between one and two reverse stings per year.  Police release to the media the names and ages of men arrested.  A BPD representative stated they filmed one reverse sting in 2006, but have not afterward, seeing them as not necessary to make arrests.  The BPD has also attempted public education, using the news media to try to talk to men about the health risks taken by engaging in buying sex.

Key Partners

  • Beckley Police Department

Key Sources

State West Virginia
Type City
Population 16830
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