Louisville, TN

Tactics Used

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

Louisville is a suburban town in Blount County, Tennessee, in the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area near the town of Alcoa and Maryville. Its population is roughly 4,000.  Prostitution is a well documented problem locally and generates complaints to police from residents and businesses. For example, in 2016 a Louisville woman was arrested and charged with prostitution in Knoxville.  On at least one occasion, attempted sex buyers have been arrested during local sting investigations. In September, 2020, six men were arrested by undercover officers conducting a sting operation, and charged them with patronizing prostitution.  The sting occurred at two motels on the Alcoa Highway, and a hotel at Singleton Station, Louisville.  The undercover operation used female police officers as decoys at area hotels where they had complaints about prostitutes and men patronizing those prostitutes. The identities of the arrested sex buyers were disclosed in news releases.

 

Key Partners

  • Alcoa Police Department
  • Blount County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

Reverse Stings with Shaming:

Background on Sex Trafficking and Prostitution in the Area:

State Tennessee
Type City
Population 4133
Location
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