Wilson, NC

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Wilson is a city of approximately 50,000 residents, located east of Raleigh in Wilson County, North Carolina. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been documented in the city.  In late June 2007, officers from the Wilson Police Department conducted a street-level reverse sting along US 301 South. An undercover female officer was placed along the thoroughfare as a decoy; as johns attempted to solicit sex from her, they were apprehended by police. As a warning to other would-be sex buyers, the WPD included all three johns’ names and other identifying information in a press release.  A similar operation in March 2013 resulted in the arrest of two johns.

Key Partners

  • Wilson Police Department


Key Sources

State North Carolina
Type City
Population 47804
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