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.
- Chesapeake Police Department
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Chesapeake Web Sting Leads to Prostitution Charges”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, August 27 2010.
- “Va. Beach Police Officer among 5 Charged in Prostitution Sting in Chesapeake”, ABC/WVEC-TV 13, April 3 2012.
- “Beach Sergeant Arrested in Prostitution Sting Operation”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, April 4 2012.
- “Beach Police Sergeant Is Fined for Soliciting Undercover Officer”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, November 21 2012.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Chesapeake Man Convicted in Trailer Park Prostitution Case”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, February 19 2008.
- “Woman Guilty in Prostitution Ring at Chesapeake Trailer Park”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, May 10 2008.
- “Three Women Charged in Craigslist Prostitution Ad”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, April 5 2009.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- “Ex-Chesapeake Cop Guilty of Shaking down Prostitutes”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, February 21 2014.
- “Former Officer Pleads Guilty to Robbing Prostitutes”, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, February 21 2014.