Foley is a small city of roughly 15,000 residents, located near Daphne in southern Alabama’s Baldwin County. Prostitution has posed considerable problems in the community for several years, and has generated complaints to local law enforcement. In addition, at least two johns have been robbed in Foley after attempting to purchase sex.
To our knowledge, the Foley Police Department has conducted at least one reverse sting to address the underlying demand driving the commercial sex market. In early 2008, FPD officers conducted a large-scale anti-prostitution “sweep” at a local hotel. Thirty individuals were arrested as a result, including at least two johns. The operation was conducted in parallel with similar stings in Gulf Shores and Daphne. Following the investigation, a list of the men and women arrested in all three stings was released to the public. As the list did not disclose where each offender was arrested, it is unclear how many of the 75 individuals charged were picked up in Foley.
- Foley Police Department
- Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office
- Gulf Shores Police Department
- Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Baldwin Sex Sting Nets 75 Arrests”, Mobile Press-Register, February 5 2008.
- “Prostitution Sting Operation Nets 75 Arrests”, Baldwin Report, February 5 2008.
- “Sex Sting Produces 75 Arrests; Baldwin Sex Sting Nets 75 Arrests, Hotels Targeted”, Mobile Press-Register, February 5 2008.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- “Police Arrest Robbery Suspects and Victim; Robbery Suspects, Victim Arrested”, Mobile Press-Register, November 24 2009.
- “Robbery Suspects, Victim Charged”, Gulf Coast News Today, November 25 2009.
- “Robbery, Prostitution And Murder”, CBS/WKRG-TV 5, December 27 2011.