Dunwoody, GA

Tactics Used

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

Dunwoody is a city of approximately 50,000 residents located in the metropolitan Atlanta region.  Numerous cases of sex trafficking of children and prostitution have been documented in the city, generating  complaints from citizens and local businesses and associated with a wide range of other crimes.  For example, in 2016 a prostitution investigation found a missing 16-year-old girl who was working as a prostitute and recovered a 26-year-old woman who had been in coerced sexual servitude.  Three people were arrested and charged with pimping; nine more were charged with prostitution. In 2017 Dunwoody police dismantled a prostitution ring masquerading as high-end modeling outfits where clients paid $300 or more an hour. Police have charged the owners and operators of Atlanta Fantasies and Ashley’s of Atlanta with human trafficking for sexual servitude, keeping a place of prostitution and racketeering. At least 26 women were identified as “victims” of the organization.

Among the tactics used to address these problems are those that focus on consumer level demand.  For example, a reverse sting was a component of a large-scale and comprehensive investigation of a prostitution business run out of apartments in Dunwoody and Atlanta.  the operation resulted in 56 people arrested, 24 of which were men accused of hiring escorts for the purpose of sexual activity. One of the two escort services operated in an apartment complex located across the street from Dunwoody Police Department headquarters. A DeKalb County Grand Jury indicted a local couple and three others on charges of racketeering and conspiracy in connection with a commercial sex enterprise operating out of Dunwoody and other metro areas. Fifty-seven other men and women are charged with either prostitution or pandering in the 58-count indictment. The indictment alleges that between February 2015 and August 2016, the defendants, using false information, leased units at four Dunwoody apartment complexes for the purpose of pairing “models” and clients to engage in paid sexual activities. The co-defendants are accused of conspiring to recruit employees, advertise, secure locations and manage appointments and payment systems in furtherance of their criminal enterprise. The defendants were arrested following a months-long investigation and subsequent sting operation by the Dunwoody Police Department in December 2016. The District Attorney’s Sexual Exploitation and Crimes Against Children Unit (SECAC)  prosecuted the case.

Key Partners

  • Dunwoody Police Department
  • DeKalb District Attorney’s Sexual Exploitation and Crimes Against Children Unit (SECAC)
  • FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation (MATCH) Task Force
  • DeKalb Anti-Trafficking and Exploitation (DATE Watch) Task Force
  • Gwinnet County Police Department Vice Unit
  • Cooperating hotels within the city limits of Dunwoody

 

Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Shaming:

Background on Local Prostitution:

State Georgia
Type City
Population 48733
Location
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