Pearl, MS

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

Pearl is a city of roughly 27,000 residents, located just east of Jackson in Rankin County, Mississippi. Several years ago, the Pearl Police Department ramped up efforts to curtail prostitution in the city. In addition to conducting stings targeting prostituted women and pimps/traffickers, the PPD has conducted at least one web-based operation targeting sex buyers. In August 2014, officers reported the arrest of 15 men and women on solicitation charges following a “two-day prostitution sting.” Among the arrestees was a sex buyer who arrived to meet the decoy “armed with a knife and an empty wallet” and a 33-year-old sex buyer who “came to the hotel because he thought he was meeting a young girl” for prostitution. Police did not disclose the logistics of the operation, but did release the identities of each of the offenders.

Key Partners

  • Pearl Police Department
  • Rankin County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Mississippi
Type City
Population 27258
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