Gadsden, AL

Tactics Used

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

Gadsden is a city of under 40,000 residents in northeastern Alabama.  Street-level prostitution and indoor prostitution rings are known to be active in the city.

To combat consumer-level demand for commercial sex, the Gadsden Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings since at least 2010. In one such operation the GPD’s Special Projects Team arrested 11 johns between April 29 and May 4 2013.  The sting, dubbed Operation Stroll, was conducted “to combat a widespread prostitution problem in Gadsden.” During the reverse sting, undercover female officers stood at locations known for prostitution and waited for men to approach them.  The johns offered female officers between $1 and $20, averaging about $5 per solicitation.  Some of the men offered illegal drugs in exchange for sex, and one man offered a bologna sandwich as barter.

In August 2014, the GPD conducted another reversal following complaints from local residents that “people walking to work in the area had been accosted by people asking for sex.” The operation, which employed undercover female officers as decoys, was conducted over a two-day period and resulted in the arrest of 10 johns. The men’s names were not released to the public.

The GPD also attempts to be proactive by warning the community about the dangers of prostitution and asks citizens to contact the Special Projects team with information or questions.

Key Partners

  • Gadsden Police Department
    • Special Projects Team

Key Sources

State Alabama
Type City
Population 36936
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