Coram, NY

Tactics Used

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

Coram is a hamlet on Long Island, with a population of about 36,000.  Suffolk County police have conducted street level prostitution stings using female police officers posing as prostituted women. The decoy walks along certain roads and the johns that approach with offers of money for sex are arrested.  Some of the men arrested for soliciting have also been in possession of drugs.  In one instance, a heroin and prostitution ring was dismantled based on evidence from a reverse sting.  The names, ages, hometowns, and photos of those arrested are sometimes reported in the media.  The first known reverse sting in Coram occurred in 1991.  Complaints about prostitution from residents contributes to police decision-making about whether and where to conduct operations.

Key Partners

  • Suffolk County Police

Key Sources

State New York
Type City
Population 35646
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