Dougherty County is a county of approximately 95,000 residents, located in southwestern Georgia. Albany is the county’s seat and largest city. According to reports from local law enforcement, the county has struggled with persistent prostitution activity linked to illegal drug sales. To address the issue, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Police Department and District Attorney’s Office to create the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit (ADDU).
Since its inception, the ADDU has conducted at least four street-level reverse stings to identify and apprehend sex buyers. The operations, which utilized undercover female officers as decoys, were often conducted to supplement larger anti-narcotics initiatives. As a warning to other would-be offenders, the ADDU has at times released the names of arrested johns to the local media.
- Reverse Stings:
- “Another Albany Police Officer Arrested”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, November 15 2004.
- “Seven Men Arrested for Soliciting Sex in East Albany”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, January 19 2007.
- “APD Arrests Seven on Prostitution Charges”, Albany Herald, February 21 2009.
- “Nine Caught in Reverse Prostitution Sting”, FOX/WFXL-TV 31, June 23 2009.
- “Drug Unit Nets 10 Hookers, Nine Johns”, Albany Herald, June 24 2009.
- “Nine Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, October 23 2009.
- Neighborhood Action:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Prostitution Stings in Both East and West Albany”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, February 1 2007.
- “Nine Arrested by Drug Agents”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, February 23 2007.
- “Prostitution Problems Persist in Albany”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, May 20 2009.
- “Special Report: Sex in the Streets, Part 1”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, November 23 2009.
- “Special Report: Sex in the Streets, Part 2”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, November 23 2009.
- “Albany Leaders Working to Stop Prostitution”, NBC/WALB-TV 10, September 6 2011.