Glynn County situated in southeastern Georgia’s, near Savannah and north of Jacksonville, Florida. Reports of prostitution activity in Brunswick and other communities date back over two decades, and have generated complaints from business owners and local residents. At least one serial rapist who targeted sex sellers has also operated in the county. To reduce commercial sex sales and trafficking, the Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team has conducted periodic reverse stings since at least 2004. Operations are conducted at street level using female police decoys, and are often guided by citizen’s complaints about suspected prostitution activity. “John” stings have at times been launched in parallel with stings targeting individuals selling sex. Since at least 2010, local media outlets have publicized the identities of all individuals arrested during these investigations (i.e., both buyers and sellers).
In June, 2016, the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) participated in a reverse sting led by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). The web-based reverse sting targeting online child predators, and resulted in six arrests. Agents with GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) spent several months planning “Operation Southern Hospitality” and the arrests were made over a two-day period in Madison. The operation targeted on-line child predators and those who traffic children in the sex industry, including those that are willing to pay to have sex with a child. Each of those arrested was charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation. One person was arrested on adult prostitution and related charges. The identities of the arrested men were included in news reports. Along with the GBI and GCSO, participating agencies includes the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Madison Police Department, FBI, United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Georgia, District Attorney’s Office of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, and seven additional law enforcement entities.
- Glynn County Sheriff’s Office
- Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation
- Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC)
- Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
- Madison Police Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- United States Attorney’s Office (Middle District of Georgia)
- District Attorney’s Office (Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit)
- Athens-Clarke County Police Department
- Jasper County Sheriff’s Office
- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
- Polk County Sheriff’s Office
- Toombs County Sheriff’s Office
- Woodstock Police Department
- Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC)
Street-Level Reverse Stings (with Shaming since at least 2010):
- “26 Apprehended for Soliciting Prostitutes,” Brunswick News, October 12 2004.
- “Prostitution Sting Yields More Arrests,” Brunswick News, October 7 2008.
- “16 Arrested in Prostitution Sting in Brunswick, Ga.,” NBC/WTLV-TV 12, May 3 2010.
- “Police Task Force Nabs 16 in Sting,” Brunswick News, May 4 2010.
- “Police Stings Send a Message to Criminals,” Brunswick News, May 8 2010.
- “Sting Nabs Nine near Norwich,” Brunswick News, November 27 2010.
- “Georgia Police Make Arrests in Prostitution Round-up,” NBC/WTLV-TV 12, October 24 2011.
Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming:
- https://www.justice.gov/twenty-men-face-federal-indictment-attempted-online-enticement-minor-following-joint (2017)
- https://www.wtvm.com/story/36832887/child-exploitation-sting-leads-to-20-arrests/ (2017)
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Prostitution Sting Yields 7 Arrests,” Brunswick News, October 19 2007.
- “Business Owner Protests Presence of Prostitutes,” Brunswick News, June 16 2008.
- “Police Launch Prostitution Sting Action,” Brunswick News, October 6 2008.
- “Prostitution Ring Arrested in Glynn,” Brunswick News, March 21 2013.
- https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/3-arrested-in-glynn-county-prostitution-sting (2014)
- https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/6-arrested-glynn-count-prostitution-bust (2015)
- https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/cops-say-prostitute-picked-the-wrong-john (2016)
Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: