Salisbury, NC

Tactics Used

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

Salisbury is a city of approximately 34,000 residents, located in central North Carolina’s Rowan County. Prostitution and the sex trafficking of minors have been reported in the area, and members of the community have complained to law enforcement about prostitution-related activities.

In an effort to reduce demand for commercial sex, the Salisbury Police Department has conducted reverse stings since at least 2005. Most recently, in June 2014, the SPD conducted a small street-level reversal in the city following complaints from residents in the Fulton Heights, Mitchell and Maupin Avenue areas. After several individuals in the neighborhood reported that a man “had been approaching women from the ages of 12 to 74 offering to pay them for sex,” the Salisbury Police Department deployed two undercover female officers to the area. When the john approached one of the decoys and offered her $30 for sex, he was arrested by police. His name, age, address, and arrest photo were publicized in local media outlets.

Key Partners

  • Salisbury Police Department
  • Rowan County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

State North Carolina
Type City
Population 33663
Location
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