Dorchester County, SC

Tactics Used

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

Dorchester County is a county of about 137,000 residents, located northwest of Charleston in central South Carolina. It includes the communities of St. George, North Charleston, Summerville and Ladson, among others. Prostitution has posed considerable problems in the county, and has been linked to many other crimes including sex trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault and homicide.

In addition to city-level reduction efforts, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office officers have conducted at least one operation targeting johns in unincorporated areas of the county. In February 1998, the Charleston Post and Courier reported that the DCSO had intercepted 12 johns following a sting at an I-95 rest stop near St. George. The offenders were apprehended by a police decoy. It is unclear if the arrestees’ identities were publicized at the time.  The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office has collaborated with city police departments on numerous web-based reverse stings, and the identities of the arrested men have been publicized.

Key Partners

  • Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office
  • North Charleston Police Department
  • Summerville Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

  • “Police Arrest 12 in I-95 Sex Sting,” Charleston Post and Courier, February 25 1998.

Web-Based Reverse Sting:

Sex Trafficking in the Area:

  • “Police Blotter; Woman Abducted after Breakdown,” Charleston Post and Courier, August 14 2008.

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Nine Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Sumter Daily Item, August 14 1987.
State South Carolina
Type County
Population 136555
Location
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