Asbury Park is a city of less than 16,000 residents located in Monmouth County in northern New Jersey, on the Atlantic shore. The seaside city is known for its sandy shore and beachfront boardwalk. Prostitution is a well-known problem in the city, and is the subject of tips and complaints to police. Sex trafficking has also been well-documented locally. Since consumer-level demand is the primary source of all sex trafficking and problems associated with prostitution, police have attempted to address it. Several substantial reverse stings have been conducted in Asbury Park, resulting in the arrest of 12 – 16 sex buyers each. The identities of the men arrested have been routinely publicized.
Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- “Police Charge 22 Men in Prostitution Sting”, Asbury Park Press, March 27 2001.
- “33 Charged in Prostitution Sweep”, Asbury Park Press, May 24 2001.
- “18 Arrested on Prostitution Charges in Asbury Park”, Asbury Park Press, June 15 2007.
- “Undercover Detail Leads to 25 Solicitation Arrests”, Asbury Park Press, July 23 2008.
- “Asbury Cops Start Big Weekend with Prostitution Sweep”, Asbury Park Press, May 22 2009.
- “Asbury Park Prostitution Busts Include Man Who Offered $10, Box of Tastykakes for Sex”, Star-Ledger, April 26 2010.
- “Asbury Park Police Arrest 16 in Prostitution Sting”, Asbury Park Press, June 23 2010.
Background on Prostitution in the Area: