Chesapeake, VA

Tactics Used

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

Chesapeake is a city of about 220,000 residents located south of Norfolk in the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia.  Prostitution and sex trafficking in the city are well-documented problems.  To address these issues, 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 johns 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 served a $100 fine.

Key Partners

  • Chesapeake Police Department

Key Sources

State Virginia
Type City
Population 232977
Location
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