Huntington Station is a hamlet of approximately 31,000 residents located within the town of Huntington on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. In recent years, the Huntington Station Police Department has successfully implemented a number of anti-prostitution measures, primarily targeting providers of commercial sex. In June 2010, one such operation resulted in the arrest of a female massage-parlor owner who had forced her employees to offer sex to patrons. The case is currently being investigated for its potential ties to sex trafficking networks.
Police operations targeting commercial sex consumers appear far more limited. A notable exception occurred on September 10, 2009, when a female officer, serving as a decoy and supported by officers from Suffolk County‘s Second Precinct Crime Section, utilized reverse sting tactics to apprehend six johns soliciting sex. Following their arrests, all of the men’s names and other identifying information were publicized by local media outlets.
- Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- “Spota: Women Forced into Prostitution on L.I.; Arrest of Two Suspects under NY Anti-Sex Trafficking Law Is a First in Suffolk County,” Long Island Press, June 29 2010.
- “NYC Woman Used Nail-Salon Help-Wanteds, Then Forced Women into Prostitution, Cops Charge,” White Plains Journal News, June 30 2010.
- “Prostitution Ring Charges; Officials: LI Nail Salon Owner Coerced Women; First Suffolk Case in ’07 State Law on Sex Trafficking,” Newsday, June 30 2010.
- “Flushing Woman Netted in Sex Trafficking Bust,” Queens Times Ledger, July 14 2010.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Town Beat; Police to Set up Satellite Office,” Newsday, October 25 1992.
- “Prostitution Ring Arrests; ‘Johns’ Nab 4 at Massage Spot,” New York Daily News, March 28 2001.
- “Prostitution Bust at Massage Parlor,” New York Daily News, April 2 2001.
- “Flushing Women Charged with Prostitution in L.I.,” Queens Times Ledger, April 5 2001.
- “3 Charged in Huntington Station Prostitution Case,” Newsday, August 21 2008.