Lula is a small town of approximately 3,000 residents, located just north of Gainesville in Hall and Banks Counties, Georgia. Situated at the juncture of Georgia Highways 51, 52, 365, and U.S. Route 23, the town has served as the staging ground for at least one street-level reverse sting.
In July 2010, the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad sent a female officer undercover in Lula Park as a prostituted woman. During the operation, three men were arrested after they offered to pay for sex with the officer. Their names were not released. In the weeks that followed, representatives from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department (the two agencies that comprise the county’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad) reported to members of the local press that the operation was driven in part by complaints “of pandering and indecent exposure in area parks” from Lula residents.
- Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (MANS)
- “Hall Drug Unit Targets Vice Crimes; MANS Squad Makes Arrests in Pandering, Indecency Cases”, Gainesville Times, July 31 2010.
Background on Prostitution in the Region: