Kingsport, TN

Tactics Used

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

Kingsport is a city of approximately 45,000 residents, located along the northeast border of Tennessee. The Kingsport Police Department uses street-level reverse stings and web stings to apprehend sex buyers. In October 2008, the Kingsport Police Department arrested nine men on charges of solicitation as the result of an ad-hoc reverse sting operation. Following a series of community complaints, police responded to two Craigslist postings advertising sex. After arranging to meet with the women and placing them under arrest, undercover officers used the prostituted women to intercept johns replying to their Craigslist ads.  The Kingsport Police Department routinely releases the names, ages, and addresses of arrestees to the media.  Johns can be required  to perform community service, and may also have their vehicles seized and/or driving licenses suspended.


Key Partners

  • Kingsport Police Department

Key Sources


State Tennessee
Type City
Population 44435
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