Paris, TN

Tactics Used

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

Paris is a city in Northwestern Tennessee with a population of approximately 10,000 residents. It is the government seat of Henry County, TN. Instances of prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the city. For example, in 2015, a 47-year-old Paris man was one of 14 individuals arrested during a week-long undercover sex trafficking operation in Clarksville and Brentwood. The operation was conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Clarksville Police Department, Brentwood Police Department, and End Slavery Tennessee, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. According to reports, officials posted decoy ads on websites known for prostitution and sex trafficking, receiving 111 responses in five hours. Among the men arrested were a pastor, an Army lieutenant, a farmer, and a small business owner. In addition to the criminal charges, the activity identified several young women who may have been victims of human trafficking. Fourteen individuals were arrested on prostitution-related charges including promoting prostitution, possession of drugs, and resisting arrest.

Efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex in the city have been documented. For example, in 2016, a two-day operation targeting the online sexual exploitation of minors and sex trafficking was conducted in Henry County. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) led the investigation in conjunction with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department, Metro Crime Unit, Jackson Police Department, Puryear Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested six individuals. Five of those arrested were from out of town traveling through Henry County to undisclosed locations to commit the crimes. Investigators were able to identify and apprehend five sexual predators who were using social media to target underage victims of sexual exploitation. One suspect was charged with solicitation of prostitution. According to reports, this was the first time an operation like this had been conducted in the county,

“This is the first time this type of investigation has been conducted in Henry County. Five of the suspects were traveling from out of town to an undisclosed location to commit the sexual crime. I cannot stress enough the importance of parental monitoring of the internet and social media. The investigation was very successful and will be conducted again in Henry County.”

The identities, ages, charges, and photos of arrested offenders were released by police to local media outlets.

Shaming and employment loss are consequences of buying sex in the city. For example, in 2012, a Paris minister was one of eight male sex buyers arrested during a web-based reverse sting called, “Operation Catch a John,” conducted by the Graves County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky. The sex buyer was formerly the Minister of Students and Family Discipleship at First Baptist Church. The church’s Senior Pastor Dr. Trent Bullock stated that as a result of his arrest, the sex buyer was initially placed on administrative leave as church officials gather more information about the arrest, but later submitted a letter of resignation. The former minister’s identity, age and photo were included in reports by local media outlets. All eight male sex buyers charged with soliciting prostitution.

State Tennessee
Type City
Population 10043
Location
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