Hickory, NC

Tactics Used

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

Hickory is a city of approximately 41,000, located in western North Carolina. Guided by citizens’ complaints, Hickory police routinely conduct street-level reverse stings using undercover female officers as decoys. Some reverse stings have involved first arresting prostituted women and then essentially replacing them with undercover officers to continue attracting sex buyers. Those arrested have their identifying information reported in the media.

State North Carolina
Type City
Population 40985
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