Durham County, NC

Tactics Used

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

Durham County, North Carolina has well-documented problems with sex trafficking and prostitution, including cases of organized child sex trafficking and multi-state prostitution rings based out of the city of Durham (the county seat). The main tactics used to combat demand for local commercial sex are street-level and web-based reverse stings. In 2008, a reverse resulted in nine arrests for solicitation. In 2004, the Durham Police Department began posting the names and pictures of arrested johns on their website. The names, ages, and addresses of arrestees were also published in local media outlets. The police department named this program Prostitution Impact Mitigation Program, or PIMP. Many of these efforts to combat human trafficking have been in response to complaints from the community.

Key Partners

  • Durham County Sheriff’s Office
  • Durham Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Shaming:

  • “Durham Police Get PIMP; People Arrested on Prostitution Charges to Have Photos on Web”, Durham Herald-Sun, December 8 2004.

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution and Child Sex Trafficking in the Area:

State North Carolina
Type County
Population 311640
Location
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