Conyers, GA

Tactics Used

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

Conyers is a city of approximately 14,000 residents, located 25 miles east of Atlanta in Rockland County, Georgia. A number of problems associated with local prostitution have been documented, including a case of child endangerment involving a 4-year-old child was in a car while a woman engaged in prostitution.  Police report that they have had to investigate rape, robbery, kidnapping, and assault charges related to prostitution in the city.

Following reports of increased criminal activity in and around the city’s motels, the Conyers Police Department conducted an ad hoc reverse sting in late spring 2013. On May 31st, CPD officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and discovered three females (one pimp, and two teenage women) selling sex out of the local Motel 6. After arresting the women, officers from the CPD’s Special Operations Unit “took over the females’ room at the motel and began arresting clients as they arrived.” In just under five hours, six sex buyers were arrested. All of the offenders were charged with pandering, and had their names and arrest photos released to the public.  Since beginning their reverse stings in 2013 and the Fall of 2019, the Conyers Police Department had conducted 21 such operations and arrested nearly 150 men. According to CPD, the ultimate goal of such operations is to reduce the number of robberies, rapes, drugs, sex trafficking, and other crimes related to prostitution and facilitated by an internet underworld. Various online advertising sites and mobile applications are available to solicit for prostitution despite the site’s “warning” prohibiting such activity.

In late February 2014, the CPD coordinated with deputies from the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a web-based sting that resulted in the arrest of three prostituted women, two johns, and one pimp. Although law enforcement provided limited details about the logistics of the operation, news reports stated that undercover officers “utilized social media… to communicate with several individuals and ultimately arrest them.” During the operation, officers discovered a 4-year-old child in the back seat of one of the arrestee’s vehicles. In the days that followed, a representative from the RCSO stated commented that “although the charges [associated with prostitution] are misdemeanors, operations that target prostitution and pimping can help prevent more dangerous crimes, such as assaults, rapes and robberies that often go hand in hand with these crimes.”  One of the two johns arrested during the sting was found to be a “convicted felon with previous arrests in multiple states for trafficking in cocaine, escape, robbery, and rape.” In March 2014, the CPD conducted two additional reverse stings using online advertisements, resulting in the arrest of 10 sex buyers.  In early June 2015, 11 additional johns were arrested following a joint reverse sting led by CPD officers and officers from the neighboring Covington Police Department. Following each of the investigations, all arrestees’ identities were released to the media.  In December 2015, Conyers and Covington police again teamed, this time intercepting 17 johns during a web-based sting at a local hotel. Officers reported that the “armed robbery of a woman advertising on an online escort services page” had prompted the sting. All of the arrestees’ identities were again publicized in press.  In August, 2019, five men were arrested and were transported to the Rockdale County Jail and issued two citations for disorderly conduct:  One for communicating with a person within the city for the purposes of prostitution, and the second for traveling to Conyers for the purpose of pandering. They were all also issued criminal trespass warnings and told not to return to the motel (a limited version of the SOAP or “stay-away” order).

Key Partners

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings with Shaming:

Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:

Reverse Stings, SOAP Order:

Child Endangerment:

  • “6 Arrested in Conyers Prostitution Sting”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 26 2014.
  • “Pimping, Prostitution Arrests in Conyers”, Covington News, February 26 2014.
  • “Undercover Prostitution Sting Busts Woman with Child in Car”, ABC/WSB-TV 2, February 27 2014.
State Georgia
Type City
Population 13941
Location
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