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Simpsonville is a city of about 25,000 residents, located in Greenville County, South Carolina near Mauldin. On at least one occasion, local law enforcement have employed demand-reduction tactics to combat prostitution locally. In May 2016, Simpsonville Police and Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies arrests 26 male sex buyers (along with 28 sexually exploited persons) in a prostitution bust dubbed “Operation Good Time.” The individuals collectively faced 64 charges, including 11 drug charges and one gun charge. Eight of the 54 people arrested had outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court, violating probation, failure to pay child support, and other infractions. According to media reports, law enforcement used social media sites to identify suspected prostitution solicitation and placed decoy online advertisements. Those who responded to the listings and appeared and tried to exchange money for sex were immediately arrested. All of the offenders– including those arrested for prostitution– had their arrest photos and other identifying information released to the public via law enforcement press release. Select media outlets carried this information.
- Simpsonville Police Department
- Greenville County Sheriff’s Department
Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “Children’s Minister, 31 Others Arrested in Prostitution Bust,” CBS/WSPA-TV 7, May 20 2016.
- “54 Arrested in Prostitution Sting in Simpsonville,” CBS/WSPA-TV 7, May 21 2016.
- “54 People Arrested in Simpsonville Prostitution Bust, Police Say,” NBC/WYFF-TV 4, May 21 2016.
- “‘Operation Good Time’ May Be the Largest Prostitution Bust in Simpsonville History,” Charleston Post and Courier, May 21 2016.
- “Prostitution Is Part of Bigger Human Trafficking Problem in the Upstate, Group Says,” CBS/WSPA-TV 7, May 22 2016.
Background on Prostitution in the Area: