Translyvania County is located in northern North Carolina, and has a population of about 33,000. Prostitution and the sex trafficking of minors are known to occur in the county. In, the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men as a result of a year-long investigation into the alleged prostitution of a minor after following a tip on social media, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. The men were charged with felony participating in the prostitution of a minor, felony statutory rape, felony statutory sex offense and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and was assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. While not a typical reverse sting operation, the investigation was a proactive effort to arrest sex buyers whose exploitaiton of minors was facilitated via social media. The identities of the men arrested were disclosed to news outlets.
- Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office
- North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
- Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.