Brookhaven is a township of approximately 486,040 residents, located in central Suffolk County on Long Island, New York. Like most of the Island, the township has reported prostitution activity arranged mainly through websites such as Backpage and Craigslist, and/or occurring some sexually-oriented businesses (e.g., strip clubs, massage parlors).
In order to combat the consumer-level demand that drives all commercial sex markets, police have incorporated tactics that target sex buyers. Driven in part by community complaints, the Suffolk County Police Department has conducted at least two reverse sting operations. The latter, conducted in November 2011, resulted in the arrest of six men who were charged with patronizing a prostitute. Officers from the Fourth Precinct Crime Section and the Community Oriented Police Enforcement team (COPE) conducted the sting along Mastic Avenue, and charged the men with third-degree “patronizing a prostitute.” The identities of the men were provided to news outlets.
- Suffolk County Police Department
- Fourth Precinct Crime Section
- Community Oriented Police Enforcement Team (COPE)
- Reverse Stings:
- “Six Men Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, Newsday, February 16 2011.
- “Six Mastic Residents Charged with Patronizing Prostitute”, Newsday, November 22 2011.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “In Brookhaven: A New Tack for Stopping Prostitution; Landlords Get Stuck with Fines for Code Violations”, Newsday, June 29 1987.
- “Brookhaven Mulls Change in ‘Pink District’ Rule”, Newsday, February 24 1989.
- “Brookhaven OKs ‘Padlock Law’; Measure Called Model for Other Towns”, Newsday, December 6 1989.
- “2 Groups to Fight Social Problems”, Newsday, March 17 1993.
- “After Raids, Town Wants Inn Out”, Newsday, January 31 1994.
- “Pols Join Cops on ‘Massage’ Raid”, Newsday, April 7 1997.
- “Detectives Bust Heroin and Prostitution Ring”, East Setauket Village Beacon Record, August 16 2012.