Gwinnett County, GA

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

  • Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department
  • Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force
  • FBI
    • Atlanta Police Department
    • Marietta Police Department

Key Sources

State Georgia
Type County
Population 771466
Location
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