Chesapeake, VA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Chesapeake is a city of about 251,000 residents located south of Norfolk in the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia.  Prostitution and sex trafficking in the city, and related violent crimes against those in prostitution,  have been well-documented problems for decades. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. For example, the Chesapeake Police Department has conducted web-based reverse stings since 2010. One such operation, conducted in April 2012, resulted in the arrest of an off-duty police officer, along with four other sex buyers. Officers placed a decoy advertisement to a website known for prostitution activity, and arranged to meet with the sex buyers who replied at a local hotel. News outlets reported that the men were arrested after they were recorded on videotape making an explicit offer of money for sex.  Each was charged with solicitation and summoned to court, and their names were released to the public. In November 2012, it was reported that the officer had been found guilty of soliciting prostitution and was ordered to pay a $100 fine.

Key Partners

  • Chesapeake Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:


Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Virginia
Type City
Population 251269
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