Cherokee County is located in eastern Alabama, near the Georgia border, and has a population of about 26,000. Responding to complaints from the community, a March 2014 prostitution sting in Cherokee County netted the arrest of six sex buyers.
The operation, conducted at an undisclosed location, was led by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Centre, Rainbow City and Anniston Police Departments, the District Attorney’s Office, the Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. All six men were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center. Some of the men posted bond (set at $300 – $500 ) and were released, while others remained incarcerated. In an effort to deter other would-be sex buyers, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office released the names and mugshots of all of the arrestees.
- Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
- Centre Police Department
- District Attorney’s Office
- Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office
- Anniston Police Department
- Alcohol Beverage Control Board
- Rainbow City Police Department.
- Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Prostitution Sting Operation Nets Arrests”, Press Release, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, March 28 2014.
- “Cherokee County Authorities Make Arrests in Prostitution Sting”, Birmingham News, March 29 2014.
- “Cherokee County Prostitution Sting Nets Six Arrests”, Gadsden Times, March 29 2014.
- “Prostitution Sting Operation Nets Arrests”, Cherokee County Herald, March 29 2014.
- “Arrests in Prostitution Sting in Centre”, WEAC-TV 24, March 31 2014.