Charleston is a coastal city with a population of 120,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking in the city are well documented, and includes a case of an “escort” being murdered in 2013. The Charleston Police Department conducts street level reverse stings in areas about which they receive complaints about prostitution. The names, ages, and addresses of arrested sex buyers are reported to the media. Vehicles may also be seized when used in the commission of a crime, such as soliciting prostitution.
- Charleston Police Department
- Vice, Team One, and Team One Power Squad units
- Reverse Stings:
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Charleston Orders Red Lights Out”, Miami News, March 18 1941.
- “Charleston Vice Conditions Are ‘Exposed’ by Magazine”, Charleston News and Courier, May 26 1942.
- “Fromberg Says Segregation No Answer to Prostitution”, Charleston News and Courier, March 19 1946.
- “Grand Jury Orders Prostitution Curb”, Charleston News and Courier, September 25 1949.
- “Charleston Police Chief Charged with Extortion”, Sumter Daily Item, March 6 1975.
- “Fulton St. House One of Last Relics of Red Light District”, Charleston News and Courier, October 27 1986.
- “Prostitution Gave Legitimate Massage a Bad Name in S.C.”, The State (Columbia, S.C.), December 13 1988.
- “Pay for Sex, Lose Your Car? No Sale, Says Senate Panel”, The State (Columbia, S.C.), May 24 1993.
- “Multicounty Prostitution Operation Busted”, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, February 4 1994.
- “Stronger Prostitution Law Urged”, Charleston Post and Courier, August 24 2000.
- “Records Suggest Union Troops Monitored Prostitution in S.C.”, Tuscaloosa News, April 4 2001.
- “Breaking Cycle of Drugs, Prostitution”, Charleston Post and Courier, February 27 2006.
- “High-Tech Hookers in Charleston County”, CBS/WCSC-TV 5, September 26 2008.
- “Local Group Helps Former Prostitutes”, CBS/WCSC-TV 5, August 22 2012.