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Greene County, Virginia, has a population of approximately 20,000, and is part of the Charlottesville, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Prostitution activity has been well-documented within the county, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. 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. For example, in June 2014, an adult trafficker was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to forcing a 17-year-old girl from Honduras to prostitute herself in Charlottesville and nearby Harrisonburg. Law enforcement has also reported at least one incident of the targeted sexual assault of a prostituted woman, when in 1995 a Charlottesville john was arrested and charged with raping a woman he arranged to meet through a local escort service.
Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. A law enforcement respondent to the 2021 National Assessment Survey reported that demand reduction tactics have been implemented in Greene County, including street-level reverse stings, web-based reverse stings, identity disclosure, and public education (all since 2012, approximately 2-3 times per year).
- Greene County Sheriff’s Office
- Charlottesville Police Department
National Assessment Survey – 2021
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:
- “Misdemeanor vs. Felony; Soliciting Sex Can Bring Sodomy Law into Play”, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, July 20 1998.
- “Old Law Aids Prostitution Crackdown”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 20 1998.
- “Charlottesville Officers Charged with Corruption; Indictments Say They Traded Favors with a Strip-Club Manager, Also Charged”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 9 2005.
- “Officers to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case”, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, June 16 2006.
- “Undercover Prostitution Sting”, NBC/WVIR-TV 29, November 30 2006.
- “Looking into the World of Online Prostitution in Charlottesville”, CBS/WCAV-TV 19, February 22 2008.
- “Prostitution Ring Suspect Arrested”, NBC/WVIR-TV 29, June 26 2009.
- “10 Arrested in Online Prostitution Sting”, Charlottesville Daily Progress, November 11 2009.
- “10 Arrested on Prostitution Charge”, NBC/WVIR-TV 29, November 11 2009.
- “City Police: Man Tried to Prostitute Self to Officer”, Charlottesville Daily Progress, May 2 2011.
- “County Resident Gets Jail Time for Running Prostitution Ring”, Charlottesville Daily Progress, January 24 2013.
- “Sex Trade Info Filed”, Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, June 15 2013.
- “Multistate Sex Trafficking Case Expands”, Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, December 6 2013.
- “City Man Admits to Role in Sex-Trafficking Ring; Police Say Brothel Was Run out of Harrisburg Home”, Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, April 17 2014.
- “Harrisonburg Resident Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking Charge”, NBC/WVIR-TV 29, June 13 2014.
- “Man Who Forced Girlfriend into Prostitution Sentenced for Human Trafficking”, Charlottesville Daily Progress, October 15 2014.
- “Craigslist Rape Trial in Charlottesville Delayed,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 3 2015.
- https://dailyprogress.com/greene-sees-442-increase-in-felony-drug-cases-in-last-2-decades (2021)