Bridgeton, NJ

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Bridgeton is a city of roughly 27,000 residents, located in southern New Jersey’s Cumberland County near Millville and Vineland. Prostitution, particularly indoor prostitution, has proven to be a severe and visible problem in the community for decades. On several occasions, Bridgeton Police Department officers have conducted raids and sweeps of suspected brothels in the city, often after receiving complaints and tips from local residents. Male sex buyers have at times been arrested during such raids, and had their names released in press; on at least one occasion, BPD officers reportedly recovered two women in a brothel raid they believed to be victims of sex trafficking. In that instance, 10 sex buyers and two pimps were arrested in the raid, but the women were not charged.

Bridgeton’s brothel networks have also been linked to homicides. In March 2015, five men were indicted in the murders of two “brothel workers” in Bridgeton. One of the victims, described by the Press of Atlantic City as “an underling in a widespread prostitution and human-trafficking enterprise operating in several New Jersey municipalities,” was allegedly “killed because of a ‘business problem’ involving finances with a brothel on Henry Street in Bridgeton. The other victim was allegedly “killed because he operated a rival brothel in the city.”

In addition to brothel raids, the Bridgeton Police Department has conducted periodic street-level reverse stings since at least 1999, and released the names of arrested sex buyers in press since at least 2006.

Key Partners

  • Bridgeton Police Department

Key Sources

Brothel Busts with Sex Buyer Arrests (and Identity Disclosure since at least 2006):

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

  • “Authorities Nab 22 in Bridgeton Prostitution Sting,” Press of Atlantic City, April 27 1999.

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Police Keeping Promises Made,” Bridgeton News, June 1 2005.
  • “Cops Bust Bridgeton Brothel Operation,” Vineland Daily Journal, August 24 2005.
  • “Prostitution Charges for Two,” Bridgeton News, March 1 2006.
  • “Cities Join in Prostitution Operation,” Bridgeton News, February 24 2007.
  • “Brothels Are in Bridgeton,” Bridgeton News, May 23 2007.
  • “Police Curb Prostitution,” Bridgeton News, October 23 2007.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets Seven Women,” Bridgeton News, May 5 2008.
  • “Prostitution Houses Raided in Bridgeton,” News of Cumberland County, May 12 2009.
  • “Prosecutor: Prostitution Houses Found in Bridgeton,” Gloucester County Times, November 7 2009.
  • “Bridgeton Brothels Raided,” News of Cumberland County, August 24 2010.
  • “Bridgeton Police Blotter,” Vineland Daily Journal, November 1 2012.
  • “Bridgeton Resident Allegedly Tried to Pay Prostitute $1 for Services,” South Jersey Times, August 21 2013.

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 26610
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