Copiague, NY

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

Copiague is a hamlet of approximately 23,000 residents located within the city of Babylon in Suffolk County, New York. Like the neighboring communities of Amityville and Lindenhurst, Copiague has reported problems related to prostitution and has conducted both indoor and street-level stings for several decades.

In the late 1980s, Copiague was among the first handful of communities targeted for aggressive, large-scale anti-prostitution details by the Suffolk County Police Department. SCPD officers conducted several street-level reverse stings in the area through the early 1990s; it is unclear if officers still conduct such investigations regularly. If so, details of the operations are generally not released to the public.

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New York
Type City
Population 23561
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