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Hartsville is a small city of about 8,000 residents in Darlington County, South Carolina. Street prostitution has been reported in certain areas of the city, and has generated complaints to local law enforcement.
In response, the Hartsville Police Department has conducted at least one reverse sting. In January 2008, the HPD sent a female officer undercover as a prostituted woman. Three men were arrested after they solicited the officer and made an offer of money for sex. The names, ages, and addresses of the men were reported in the news and each had to pay a fine of $1,087.
Hartsville Police have also made at least one opportunistic sex buyer arrest. Later that same year, Hartsville Police arrested and publicized the name of a sex buyer who repeatedly attempted to solicit women in and around one of the city’s hotels. The man was intercepted after several women reported the harassment to police.
- Hartsville Police Department
Sex Buyer Arrests, Identity Disclosure:
- “Columbia Man Arrested at Hartsville Motel,” Hartsville Messenger, July 2 2008.
- “Three Arrested in Hartsville Prostitution Case,” Florence Morning News, December 30 2010.
Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “Three Men Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” CBS/WBTW-TV 13, January 16 2008.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Three Individuals,” Hartsville Messenger, January 18 2008.
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Hartsville Woman Arrested for Prostitution,” Hartsville Messenger, June 29 2007.
- “Three Hartsville Women Face Drug, Prostitution Charges,” CBS/WBTW-TV 13, February 5 2010.