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Why don’t police do anything about prostitutes soliciting on websites?

F.T. Norton

BackpageQ. There seems to be near endless number of prostitutes on both Craigslist and Backpage. Why isn’t WPD or the sheriff’s office doing anything about it?

A. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department said they regularly monitor such postings.

“The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is constantly working to battle prostitution,” said New Hanover Sheriff’s Sgt. Jerry Brewer. “ With prostitution migrating from the streets to social media and technology, the Sheriff’s Office has had to find new and innovative ways to combat the increase in prostitution.”

Brewer said the Sheriff’s Office has made prostitution arrests based on investigations that began from a Craigslist ad.

Linda Rawley said the WPD also keeps track of Craigslist postings.

“We do monitor these sites and follow-up as time and manpower allows,” she said.


I am thinking about renting out a room and have noticed ‘4/20 friendly’ on Craigslist ads. Is this legal?

Why isn’t there more publicity on the websites where citizens can do some good?

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2 Responses to “ Why don’t police do anything about prostitutes soliciting on websites?”

  1. On August 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm lee wrote:

    They don’t seem to check them very much. I put a couple of small gas engines on Craigslist last month and I have had over 100 replies from women seeking ‘companions’. STill haven’t had a single response about the engines themselves.

  2. On August 2, 2013 at 11:20 am Si Cantwell wrote:

    Probably what law enforcement officers would be checking would be the adult personal ads, not private replies to your ad. A representative from the state Attorney General’s office said at the recent StarNews Media Forum on Human Trafficking that her office also monitors those ads on Backpage.com.

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