Covington, GA

Tactics Used

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

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.”

Key Partners

  • Covington Police Department
  • Conyers Police Department
State Georgia
Type City
Population 13347
Location
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