Covington is a small city of just over 13,000 residents, situated 35 miles southeast of Atlanta in Newton County, Georgia, near Conyers. Prostitution, conducted both indoors and at street level, has been reported in the community in recent years, and has generated complaints to law enforcement.
In late May 2015, the Covington Police Department conducted a reverse sting that netted eight johns in a 24-hour period. The sting was a joint operation between CPD officers and officers with the neighboring Conyers Police Department, and was conducted at a Covington motel. Twelve additional johns were netted in a second sting in Conyers two days later. The identities of all of the sex buyers arrested in both operations were publicized in press.
When asked about the impetus for the operation by the Covington News, law enforcement noted that its purpose was to both “identify and arrest individuals involved in the business of soliciting for sex,” and “address violent crimes that can be associated with prostitution.” A Conyers police representative added:
“Not only are female prostitutes being targeted, assaulted and robbed… the johns intending on meeting for sex can be met with an armed man and robbed of their cash or worse.”
- Covington Police Department
- Conyers Police Department
- Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Resident’s Complaint Leads to Drug Arrest,” Newton Citizen, March 26 2009.
- “Woman Charged with Prostitution,” Covington News, April 29 2009.
- “CPD Looks into Local Prostitution Claims,” Covington News, April 28 2012.
- “Couple Arrested for Prostitution, Pimping on Valentine’s Day,” Newton Citizen, February 20 2013.
- “2 Covington Residents Arrested by FBI on Sex Trafficking Charges,” Newton Citizen, June 23 2014.
- “Eleven Recoveries of Juveniles, 71 Arrested in Georgia as Part of National Law Enforcement Operation Targeting Commercial Child Sex Trafficking,” Press Release, FBI Atlanta Division, June 23 2014.
- https://www.covnews.com/news/crime/covington-man-among-9-arrested-conyers-pandering-sting/ (2019)
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: