Guilford County, NC

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Guilford County contains the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, and has a population of about 542,000 residents. 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. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking. One of the child sex trafficking incidents of concern to the community involved three high school students under 16 years of age.

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. Guilford County Sheriff’s Office personnel have conducted reverse stings in the areas outside of Greensboro, as well as collaborating with that city’s police department on operations within Greensboro.

Identity disclosure and loss of employment are consequence of buying sex that have occurred within the county, particularly in Jamestown. In February, 1996, a local teacher was arrested for soliciting a prostituted woman. He resigned from Ragsdale High School, in Jamestown, where he was an in-school suspension teacher and sports medicine teacher. He was one of 30 people charged with soliciting prostitution during an undercover police investigation in High Point. He agreed to enter the deferred prosecution program in Guilford County District Court, in which the charge against him would be dropped if he completed 75 hours of community service in the subsequent three months, and also pay a $260 in fines, fees and court costs, and must not be convicted of a similar crime in the following year.  The man had been hired by the school system in 1971.

Key Partners

  • Guilford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Guilford County School District
  • Greensboro Police Department
State North Carolina
Type County
Population 542410
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