Lumberton, NC

Tactics Used

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

Lumberton is a city of approximately 21,000 residents, located in southern North Carolina along the state’s Inner Banks. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the city, and problems associated with these activities include the homicide of prostituted women.  Officers from the Lumberton Police Department have conducted at least three street-level reverse stings, using undercover female officers as decoys. One such operation, carried out in 2005 as part of the city’s Weed and Seed program, resulted in the arrest of 10 “johns.”  To deter the men from reoffending, police released arrestees’ names and other identifying information to the local media. In February 2017 a web-based human trafficking sting at a local motel resulted in the arrest of seven men and three women whose identities were publicly disclosed by police.

Key Partners

  • Lumberton Police Department
  • Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Unit
  • Fayetteville Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit
  • Hope Mills Police Department
  • Army Criminal Investigation Command
  • Weed and Seed program

Key Sources

State North Carolina
Type City
Population 21763
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