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Pearson is a small rural town of just under 2,000 residents in southeast Georgia. In response to community complaints about prostitution, the Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office conducted an ad hoc reverse sting in 2011. After receiving a tip about prostitution at a local motel, law enforcement raided the premises and arrested one woman and eight men. Although the logistical details of the operation were not disclosed to the public, the media reported that all eight men arrested were charged with soliciting prostitution. Two were also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, respectively. The majority of the offenders’ names were not publicized.
- Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office
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