Hartsville, SC

Tactics Used

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

Hartsville is a small city of about 7,500 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.

Later that same year, Hartsville Police arrested and publicized the name of a john 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.

Key Partners

  • Hartsville Police Department

Key Sources

State South Carolina
Type City
Population 7435
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