New Hanover County, NC

Tactics Used

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

New Hanover County, North Carolina has a population of approximately 203,000.  Prostitution and sex trafficking of children are known to occur in the county.  Prostituted women have also been murdered in the county, some of which are linked to a known serial killer who targeted prostituted women in several states.  Police have responded to such problems in part by conducting reverse stings and releasing to news outlets the identities of the men arrested.  In 2004, the county launched a john school program held in the city of Wilmington.  The New Hanover County Drug Treatment Court (Judicial District 5) planned the program throughout 2003 and launched in 2004.  The john school was launched as a special project using a grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission.   We believe the program lasted for about two years under the grant.  In 2011 the county was in the process of creating a new john school, which would be offered to men arrested for the first time for attempting to buy sex.  We do not know if the newer john school program has been implemented.

Key Partners

  • New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
  • New Hanover County Drug Treatment Court (Judicial District 5)
State North Carolina
Type County
Population 190104
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