Charleston, SC

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

  • Charleston Police Department
    • Vice, Team One, and Team One Power Squad units


Key Sources

State South Carolina
Type City
Population 110015
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