Brunswick is a city of about 15,000 residents, situated in southeastern Georgia’s Glynn County, near Savannah and north of Jacksonville, Florida. Reports of prostitution activity in the community date back close to two decades, and have generated complaints from business owners and local residents. At least one serial rapist who targeted sex sellers has also operated in the city.
To reduce commercial sex sales, the Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team has conducted periodic reverse stings since at least 2004. Operations are conducted at street level using female police decoys, and are often guided by citizen’s complaints about suspected prostitution activity. “John” stings have at times been launched in parallel with stings targeting individuals selling sex. Since at least 2010, local media outlets have publicized the identities of all individuals arrested during these investigations (i.e., both buyers and sellers).
- Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team
- Street-Level Reverse Stings (with Shaming since at least 2010):
- “26 Apprehended for Soliciting Prostitutes,” Brunswick News, October 12 2004.
- “Prostitution Sting Yields More Arrests,” Brunswick News, October 7 2008.
- “16 Arrested in Prostitution Sting in Brunswick, Ga.,” NBC/WTLV-TV 12, May 3 2010.
- “Police Task Force Nabs 16 in Sting,” Brunswick News, May 4 2010.
- “Police Stings Send a Message to Criminals,” Brunswick News, May 8 2010.
- “Sting Nabs Nine near Norwich,” Brunswick News, November 27 2010.
- “Georgia Police Make Arrests in Prostitution Round-up,” NBC/WTLV-TV 12, October 24 2011.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Prostitution Sting Yields 7 Arrests,” Brunswick News, October 19 2007.
- “Business Owner Protests Presence of Prostitutes,” Brunswick News, June 16 2008.
- “Police Launch Prostitution Sting Action,” Brunswick News, October 6 2008.
- https://coastalcourier.com/news/public-safety/mace-helps-bust-prostitutes-in-glynn-co/ (2008)
- “Prostitution Ring Arrested in Glynn,” Brunswick News, March 21 2013.
- https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/3-arrested-in-glynn-county-prostitution-sting (2014)
- https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/6-arrested-glynn-count-prostitution-bust (2015)
- https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/cops-say-prostitute-picked-the-wrong-john (2016)
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: