Atlantic City, NJ

Tactics Used

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

Atlantic City is a resort city with about 38,000 residents on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast. It is known for its many casinos, nightclubs, beaches, and a Boardwalk. Atlantic City has had a well-known, longstanding, and robust commercial sex market. The market was historically street and hotel-based, and has more recently been augmented by web-facilitated prostitution.

The first known use of reverse stings in Atlantic City occurred in 1979. More recently, police arrested six men in a street-based reverse sting in June 2012, and seven were arrested in April 2013. Police supplement reverse stings by shaming (releasing identities of arrestees to the news media) and seizing autos of individuals arrested for prostitution-related offenses.

In November 2020, the AC City Council President suggested that publicly shaming those who solicit prostituted persons by displaying their mugshots on the Boardwalk digital displays or imposing hefty fines on operators of illegal housing units — prime locations for both drug dealing and prostitution — would send a message that Atlantic City will no longer turn a blind eye to people brazenly flouting the law.

Key Partners

  • Atlantic City Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit
  • Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office
  • FBI’s Lost Innocence Task Force

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:


Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 37999
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