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.
- 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
- Street-Level and Web-Based Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- “Eight Charged in Prostitution Sweep”, Lumberton Robesonian, June 18 1995.
- “Lumberton Men Arrested in Reverse Prostitution Sting”, Lumberton Robesonian, November 13 1999.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Four Arrests”, Lumberton Robesonian, November 24 1999.
- “Lumberton Police Make Eight Prostitution Arrests”, Lumberton Robesonian, January 28 2007.
- http://www.wmbfnews.com/lumberton-suspects-charged-with-solicitation-of-prostitution-after-undercover-operation/ (2017)
- https://www.wfmynews2.com/crime/10-charged-in-undercover-human-trafficking-sting-in-nc (2017)
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution and Related Violence in the Area:
- “North Carolina Program Aimed at Prostitutes,” Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, August 6 2004.
- “Internet Prostitution Motel Crackdown”, Lumberton Robesonian, March 22 2008.
- “Police Weed out Felon, Prostitutes,” Lumberton Robesonian, December 21 2008.
- https://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170420/prostitutes-known-to-frequent-area-where-2-bodies-found (2017)
- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/woman-disappears-bodies-lumberton-north-carolina (2017)
- https://www.robesonian.com/news/112753/six-arrested-in-prostitution-sting (2018)
- https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/4-arrested-in-lumberton-prostitution-sting (2018)
- https://www.insideedition.com/what-happened-our-girls-3-unsolved-deaths-loom-over-lumberton-north-carolina (2018)