Gwinnett County is an area in northern Georgia with a population of roughly 800,000 residents. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the county. For example, in April 2014 a Gwinnett County woman was charged with running a brothel from her apartment and forcing women to work as “sex slaves.” She used online ads to lure customers to her Norcross-area apartment where five women were forced to work seven days a week as prostitutes. An undercover operation conducted in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security led police to the five victims. The trafficker was charged with five felony counts of sex trafficking, five counts of pimping, and charges related to running a prostitution business.
Among the tactics used to combat such problems are those targeting consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which drives both prostitution and child sex trafficking. Gwinnett law enforcement agencies routinely conduct street-level and web-based reverse stings using undercover officers in areas known for prostitution. The names of those arrested and details of the operation are released to the public. Georgia law allows for forfeiture of a vehicle, when a person is guilty of the crime of soliciting an act of prostitution for themselves or on behalf of another person.
- Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department
- Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force
- Atlanta Police Department
- Marietta Police Department
- Reverse Stings, Shaming, Vehicle Forfeiture:
- “Gwinnett Police Continue Sting at ‘Massage Parlor'”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 1 1990.
- “The ‘Lisa’ Sting Turns Out to Be Reverse Crimewatch”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 6 1990.
- “Prostitution Report Leads to Arrests; Two Women, 11 Men Charged After Neighbors Complain to Police About Norcross Apartment”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 25 2000.
- “Sting Nets 20 Arrests; Prostitution, Drugs Targeted”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 27 2004.
- “Prostitution Crackdown in Gwinnett Village; Police Clean Up More than Litter”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 7 2007.
- “Ad Leads to Prostitution Arrest”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 5 2008.
- “Area Coach Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, Athens Banner-Herald, February 23 2011.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Prostitutes Called a Fixture at Truck Stops”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 10 1987.
- “Police Take Pride in Accused Prostitute’s Warning”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 12 1998.
- “Rewrite of Massage Parlor Ordinance Starts”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 4 2003.
- “BIG CITY CRIME: Skewed Statistics; Consultant Finds Tiny District Accounts for Disproportionate Share of Incidents, Suggests Get-Tough Strategies”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 10 2006.