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Habersham County is a county located in the northeastern part of Georgia. Its population is approximately 45,000, and its county seat is the city of Clarkesville. Prostitution activity has been well-documented within the county, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has 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 web-based reverse stings have been conducted since 2021 in Habersham County, other arrests of sex buyers have occurred aside from those made in sting operations, and the vehicles of arrested sex buyers have been seized. Sex buyer identities have also been publicly disclosed. In addition, SOAP orders have been imposed on arrestees, and the use of public education and surveillance cameras specifically targeting sex buyers have been used in the county.
- Habersham County Sheriff’s Office
- Clarkesville Police Department
National Assessment Survey – 2021
Background on Local Prostitution:
- https://nowhabersham.com/clarkesville-woman-among-8-arrested-banks-county-prostitution-sting/ (2016)