Mebane, NC

Tactics Used

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

Mebane is a city located mostly in Alamance County, North Carolina, and partly in Orange County, North Carolina. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the city.  For example, in 2019 the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office announced a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution resulting in the arrest of 28 people were arrested during the three-day “Operation End of Summer.”  Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were officers from the Burlington Police Department, Mebane Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, the SBI and Homeland Security.

Among the efforts to address such problems are demand-reduction operations.  For example, in July 2020 the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and their partners conducted another summer sting that resulted in the arrests of 21 people from all over the state. The investigation, titled “Operation Summer Heat,” intended to target issues posed by human trafficking. Sheriff Terry Johnson even made a statement about the prevalence of the problem, saying that “human trafficking isn’t just a county or state issue: it’s nationwide.” In February, 2021 another web-based reverse sting resulted in the arrest of 13 people, including sex buyers.

Key Partners

  • Alamance County Sheriff”s Office
  • Burlington Police Department
  • Graham Police Department
  • Mebane Police Department
  • Gibsonville Police Department
  • North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
  • Homeland Security Investigations
State North Carolina
Type City
Population 14952
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