Durham, NC

Tactics Used

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

Durham is a city of about 220,000 residents located 30 miles northeast of North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh.  Cases of organized child sex trafficking as well as local street and web-based prostitution are well-documented problems occurring in Durham.  One sex trafficking case involved a multi-state prostitution ring based out of Durham.  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 February 2020, 18 men were arrested in a web based reverse sting.  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 Police Department
    • Four High Enforcement Abatement Teams (HEATs)
    • Selective Enforcement Team
    • Warrant Squad
    • Special Operations Division
    • Uniform Patrol
    • Crisis Intervention Team
  • Durham County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

State North Carolina
Type City
Population 217847
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