Weldon is a small town of less than 1,700 residents, situated near Roanoke Rapids in Halifax County, North Carolina. The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and the Weldon Police Department have received numerous complaints about street prostitution, particularly in the area of Elm and Green streets.
In an October 2013 operation dubbed “Operation Trick or Treat,” the Weldon Police Department conducted an undercover sting in response to complaints of prostitution that include the area traditionally known as South Weldon, and areas in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the town (i.e., unincorporated area of Halifax County on the southern outskirts of the town). In the first phase of the operation, the police department and undercover agents worked to pick up women soliciting prostitution. Two days later, police conducted a reverse sting, using a female undercover officer to arrest those seeking prostituted women. The names, ages, and photos of arrestees were released to news outlets.
- Weldon Police Department
- Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Two Women Arrested, One on Prostitution Charge”, NBC/WITN-TV 7, March 3 2010.
- “Five Arrested After Prostitution Operation”, NBC/WITN-TV 7, March 19 2010.
- “The End of the World to the Strip: Prostitution Sting Ends”, RR Spin, March 19 2010.
- “Undercover Operation Cleans Up Weldon Community”, RR Spin, March 20 2010.
- “Woman Faces Robbery and Assault Charges”, NBC/WITN-TV 7, November 30 2010.
- “Woman Faces Larceny, Prostitution Counts”, RR Spin, December 1 2010.
- “Drug, Prostitution Counts Lodged in 2 Raids”, RR Spin, August 10 2011.
- “Complaints Net Prostitution Arrest”, RR Spin, July 19 2013.
- “Second Prostitution Arrest Made in Weldon”, RR Spin, July 23 2013.
- “Undercover Prostitution Operation Nets Weldon Arrest”, RR Spin, July 23 2013.