Wake Forest, NC

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Wake Forest is a town of approximately 30,000 residents, located just north of Raleigh in North Carolina. Although prostitution activity is reported to be fairly relatively in the town, officers from the Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) contend that prostitution is often associated with serious crimes such as rape and assault.

The WFPD has proactively targeted sex buyers by conducting at least one web-based reverse sting. In March of 2013, after receiving reports that advertisements for commercial sex available in the surrounding area were being posted on Backpage.com, the WFPD placed decoy advertisements on the website and arranged to meet the men who responded at a local hotel. As the men arrived and attempted to exchange money for sexual services, they were apprehended by police. Over the course of six hours, six male sex buyers were arrested. All had their names and other identifying information publicized by the local media.  Eighteen months after the reverse sting, news reports indicated that for one of the arrested sex buyers, charges had been dropped after completion of  75 hours of community service at a local non-profit.

State North Carolina
Type City
Population 30117
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