Islandia, 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

Islandia is a village of approximately 3,600 residents, located in the Town of Islip in Suffolk County, on central Long Island, New York. The community has reported serious problems related to prostitution–including the targeted attack and murder of prostituted women–for decades. In response, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has conducted at least three reverse stings targeting sex buyers in Islandia and released the identities of the men arrested. For example, in November 2011, six men were arrested on charges of patronizing a prostitute after SCSO officers from the Fourth Precinct Crime Section and the Community Oriented Police Enforcement team conducted a sex buyer sting along Suffolk Avenue. In a press release, law enforcement reported that the investigation was launched following complaints about prostitution from local residents. Among the men arrested was a Level 3 Sex Offender. A similar operation in 2007 resulted in the arrests of 20 sex buyers.

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New York
Type City
Population 3636
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