Hartsville, SC

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

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.

Key Partners

  • Hartsville Police Department

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Arrests, Identity Disclosure:

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

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.
State South Carolina
Type City
Population 7588
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