Springdale is a town of approximately 3,000 residents, located just outside of Columbia in central South Carolina’s Lexington County. In the fall of 2006, the Springdale Police Department and Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) collaborated to conduct two street-level reverse stings on Airport Boulevard. The operations used undercover female officers, who posed as prostituted women. When johns attempted to solicit sex from the women, they were apprehended by police. Police released the names and photos of arrestees to the local media.
Another reverse sting in late February 2014, this time utilizing decoy online advertisements, was initiated in response to tips about illegal prostitution and resulted in the arrests of 12 sex buyers. Again, all of the arrestees’ identities were disclosed to the press.
A similar web-based reversal in September 2015 netted 12 johns. The offenders’ identities were again publicized.
- Springdale Police Department
- Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
- Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET)
- Street-Level Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Prostitution Sting Operation Successful,” CBS/WLTX-TV 19, October 22 2006.
- “Springdale Prostitution Sting Yields 7 Arrests”, NBC/WIS-TV 10, October 22 2006.
- “Officers Charge Eight Men in Airport Boulevard Prostitution Sting”, NBC/WIS-TV 10, November 17 2006.
- “Five Men Charged in Prostitution Sting,” The State (Columbia, S.C.), November 18 2006.
- Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “Springdale Police Arrest 12 in Prostitution Sting; Sting Was Conducted Friday and Saturday,” CBS/WLTX-TV 19, March 3 2014.
- “15 Arrests Made in Connection with Springdale Prostitution Bust,” FOX/WHNS-TV 21, September 28 2015.
- “Prostitution Operation by Springdale Police Produces 15 Arrests,” Myrtle Beach Sun News, September 29 2015.