Cedartown is a city of approximately 10,000 residents, situated in northwestern Georgia’s Polk County. Despite its relatively small size, the city has reported problems related to prostitution (including robbery and assault), and community members have complained about prostitution to local law enforcement.
To address the issue, the Polk County Police Department has conducted at least one reverse sting targeting sex buyers. In early March 2014, PCPD officers reported they arrest of five men following a prostitution sting at a Cedartown hotel. Although the department provided little details about the operation, one media outlet reported that during the two-day sting police arrested two men solicitation of prostitution charges; one man on prostitution charges; and one man on solicitation of sodomy charges. The same news agency publicized mugshots of each of the arrestees.
- Polk County Police Department
- Web-Based Reverse Sting and Shaming:
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- “Man Charged with Pimping; Charges Were Added to the Cedartown Man at Lived at the Scene of an Unsolved Triple Homicide”, Rome News-Tribune, December 13 2003.
- “Charges Filed in Relation to September’s Seventh Street Triple Homicide”, Cedartown Standard, December 16 2003.
- “Crime, Courts Grab Spotlight; Polk County Multiple Deaths”, Rome News-Tribune, December 28 2003.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Couple Accused of Forging Checks of Polk County Man; Robbery and Prostitution”, Cedartown Standard, September 16 1999.
- “Prostitution, Pimping Charges Filed against Suspects”, Cedartown Standard, August 25 2005.
- “Man Living in Woods Arrested; Woman Arrested for Robbing Cedartown Man of His Pants”, Cedartown Standard, May 4 2006.
- “Cedartown Police Make Arrest for Prostitution and Disorderly House”, Atlanta Examiner, April 11 2011.