Gainesville, GA

Tactics Used

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

Gainesville is a city of approximately 34,000 residents, located in northern Georgia’s Hall County near Lula. To reduce prostitution activity in the area, local law enforcement has conducted both web-based and street-level reverse stings, and routinely releases the names of all men and women charged with prostitution-related offenses.

In July 2003, the Gainesville Police Department reported that they had intercepted five individuals “in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Athens Street” during an “undercover prostitution sting.” Arrestees included one pimp, one woman offering prostitution, and three men, all of whom were charged with solicitation of sodomy. It remains unclear whether or not these individuals were soliciting commercial sex.

In January 2008, the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, composed of officers from the GPD and Hall County Sheriff’s Office, conducted an ad hoc web sting at a local motel. According to news reports, “authorities found a Hall County woman’s computer ad and were able to persuade her to cooperate with their investigation. The men seeking her services,  responded via e-mail, then spoke with her by phone before going to a motel room at a pre-arranged time.” The undercover investigation, which spanned at least two weeks, resulted in the arrest of 8 johns.

 

Key Partners

  • Gainesville Police Department
  • Hall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (MANS)

Key Sources

State Georgia
Type City
Population 34818
Location
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