Rome, GA

Tactics Used

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

Rome is a city of approximately 36,000 residents, located in northwest Georgia’s Floyd County. Prostitution and child sex trafficking have been reported in the city for several decades. In the early 1970s, for example, Rome was discovered to be the operating base for at least two distinct prostitution networks, both of which recruited and compelled minors into prostitution in the city and surrounding areas. The community has also reported cases of prostitution-related violence.

In an effort to curtail commercial sex activity, the Rome Police Department and Floyd County Police Department have occasionally targeted sex buyers for arrest. In September 1997, RPD officers apprehended six johns during a sting operation along Blanche Avenue after the department received complaints from residents. All of the men’s names were released to the public.

In August 2014, the FCPD launched an anti-prostitution investigation in coordination with the Rome Parole Office. According to media reports, “parole officers called [the FCPD] when they found information related to prostitution” during a “routine check.” Floyd County Police then set up a sting at a local motel, wherein they “made calls” to both suspected prostitutes and johns. “Officers [apparently] called some men, using numbers they’d obtained through the parole check.” All of the individuals’ names were released to the public.

Key Partners

  • Floyd County Police Department
  • Rome Police Department
  • Rome Parole Office

Key Sources

State Georgia
Type City
Population 36303
Location
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