Lynchburg is a city of approximately 75,000 residents, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Prostitution activity is well documented in the city, and is associated with an array of local problems, including human trafficking. Trafficking has been reported to the human trafficking hotline of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).
Among the efforts to ameliorate the problems associated with the local commercial sex market have been attempts to combat demand. Between 1999 and 2000, the Lynchburg Police Department incorporated the use of street-level reverse stings as part of its Weed and Seed Program. It has conducted at least four such operations (referred to locally as “prostitution reversals”) since then.
In June 2014, The Lynchburg News & Advance reported that LPD officers still conduct anti-prostitution investigations on a regular basis, and have begun deploying web-based reverse stings (by “creating fake [online] advertisements to try to snare potential solicitors”).
- Street-Level Reverse Stings:
- Web-Based Reverse Stings:
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Police: Woman Accused of Running House of Prostitution Arrested”, Lynchburg News & Advance, June 5 2009.
- “Woman Accused of Running Prostitution Ring Judged Incompetent to Stand Trial”, Lynchburg News & Advocate, December 12 2009.
- “City Woman Sentenced for Renting Bedroom to Prostitutes”, Lynchburg News & Advocate, August 20 2010.
- https://geanderson.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/the-madams-and-prostitutes-of-lynchburg-va/ (2014)
- https://www.newsadvance.com/lynchburg-police-aid-in-statewide-prostitution-arrests (2014)
- https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Active-police-operation-underway-at-Lynchburg-motel (2017)