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Fayetteville is a city of about 19,000 residents in west-central Georgia, located roughly 20 miles south of Atlanta. It is the county seat of Fayette County. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and nearby communities. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking.
Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and demand reduction tactics have been used in the city. For example, in September 2009, the band and chorus directors at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville resigned after school system officials learned of their earlier arrest in DeKalb County for soliciting prostituted persons. The band director and chorus director both faced criminal charges for using the website Craigslist to meet with whom they thought were two prostituted persons but turned out to be undercover police officers in May 2009. The band director was arrested at the scene, but the chorus director at first only received a citation before being arrested in August. The school system was unaware of the criminal charges until September, on the same day one of the sex buyers was arraigned in court. Both faculty members had worked at Whitewater High School since 2003; one had been with Fayette County schools since 1997 and the other since 2001.
- Whitewater High School
Sex Buyers Fired or Resigned Due to Arrest:
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- https://newsmaven.io/9-people-arrested-in-prostitution-sting-at-holiday-inn-express (2019)
- https://www.cbs46.com/9-arrests-made-in-fayetteville-human-trafficking-operation (2021)
- https://thecitizen.com/21-arrested-over-2-nights-for-prostitution-pimping-in-2-city-sex-sting (2021)
- https://thecitizen.com/fayetteville-police-sting-results-in-prostitution-charge/ (2022)
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