Monroe, NC

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Monroe is a city in south-central North Carolina, near Charlotte, and has a population of 35,000. Street and business-based prostitution has posed considerable problems in the community for several years; in addition, the city has served as the operating base for at least one serial rapist and murderer who specifically targeted prostituted women.

Among their efforts to address these issues, the Monroe Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings since at least 2003, if not earlier. Arrestees periodically have their names publicized by local media outlets. Beginning in 2005, the city enacted an ordinance that enabled law enforcement to seize the autos of those arrested for solicitation of prostitution. In 2006, the community established a “Prostitution Exclusion Zone.” Designated with street signs, the geographic area was identified for its history of commercial sex activity. Any individual previously arrested for prostitution in Monroe and served with court restrictions can be rearrested by MPD officers if they are seen strolling or idling in the zone.

Key Partners

  • Monroe Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

SOAP Orders:

Sex Trafficking in the Area:

  • “3 Men Arrested in Possible Monroe Prostitution Ring, 4th Suspect Sought in Case of 2 Women Found Bound in Car Trunk,” Charlotte Observer, November 19 2003.
  • “Massage Parlor Owner Charged, Police Say Employees May Have Been Sex Slaves Brought into the U.S.,” Charlotte Observer, July 21 2008.
  • “Human Trafficking on the Rise? After Monroe Police Closed an Alleged Site of Trafficking, Some N.C. Experts Say They Think the Crime Is Growing,” Charlotte Observer, July 22 2008.
  • “Deal Struck in Spa Case, No Evidence of Human Trafficking,” Monroe Enquirer-Journal, July 14 2009.
  • “Massage Parlor Owner Charged,” NBC/WCNC-TV 36, August 15 2009.
  • “Massage Parlor Raided in Prostitution Bust,” NBC/WCNC-TV 36, August 15 2009.
  • “Police Feel Massage Parlor Prostitution Is Growing Trend,” NBC/WCNC-TV 36, August 15 2009.
  • “Possible Sex Slave Operation Investigated,” NBC/WCNC-TV 36, August 15 2009.
  • “Women Arrested in Spa Bust Possibly Sex Slaves,” NBC/WCNC-TV 36, August 15 2009.
  • “Authorities Arrest Man in Monroe in Connection with Sex-Trafficking Raid,” ABC/WSOC-TV 9, January 18 2013.

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Monroe Officers Charge 2 with Prostitution at Home,” Charlotte Observer, April 14 1999.
  • “Seven Arrested in City Prostitution Sting,” Monroe Enquirer-Journal, December 20 2012.

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State North Carolina
Type City
Population 34888
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