Islandia is a town of about 3,000 residents in central Long Island, New York. Despite its small size, the community has reported serious problems related to prostitution– including the targeted attack and murder of prostituted women– for over two decades.
In response, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has conducted at least three reverse stings targeting johns 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 “john” 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 netted the arrests of 20 sex buyers.
- Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office
- Street-Level Reverse Stings with Shaming:
- “BRIEF: Neighborhood Complaints Lead to Prostitution Bust in Islandia,” Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News, October 8 2007.
- “BRIEF: 5 Arrested in Islandia Prostitution Sting,” McClatchy-Tribune Regional News, May 14 2008.
- “Cops Arrest Six Today in Suffolk Avenue Hooker Sting,” Long Island Examiner, November 22 2011.
- “Six Men Arrested in Islandia Prostitution Sting; Suffolk County Police Conduct ‘John’ Sting on Suffolk Avenue in Islandia,” Hauppauge Patch, November 22 2011.
- “6 Charged in Islandia Prostitution Sting,” Newsday, November 23 2011.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- “Linked by Death; Tears, Tributes for Two Slain 20 Years Ago,” Newsday, July 23 2014.
- “Two Decades after Pair of Killings on Long Island, Authorities Make an Arrest,” New York Times, August 5 2014.