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Hickory is a city of approximately 44,000, located in western North Carolina. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. Guided by citizens’ complaints, Hickory police have – at times – routinely conducted 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.
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “Sting in Hickory Leads to 3 Arrests”, Charlotte Observer, March 12 2000.
- “Briefs”, Charlotte Observer, April 5 2002.
- “Briefs”, Charlotte Observer, June 20 2003.
- “Week in Review”, Charlotte Observer, July 20 2003.
- “Prostitution Sting Nabs Seven Men in Hickory”, Wilmington Star-News, June 6 2004.
- “Briefs”, Charlotte Observer, August 20 2005.
- “Police in Hickory Crack Down on Prostitution”, WSOC-TV 9, July 27 2007.
- “Several Charged After Prostitution Sting in Southwest Hickory”, WSOC-TV 9, May 30 2008.
- “Several charged after prostitution sting,” June, 2014.
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “3 Attacks Reveal Clues to Prostitutes’ World; 1 Dead, 2 Hospitalized in Hickory”, Charlotte Observer, April 23 2004.
- “Killings in Hickory Still a Mystery: Investigations Yield Few Clues, No Suspect, Uncertain Direction”, Charlotte Observer, August 8 2004.
- “11 People Charged with Sex, Drug Offenses at Thee Playhouse in Hickory”, Hickory Daily Record, April 18 2012.
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