Mantua Township, NJ

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

Mantua Township is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey with a population of approximately 15,000. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the local area, and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates result in complaints to law enforcement agencies. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking. Local sex trafficking cases have also involved child sexual abuse materials (CSAM, often referred to in state laws as “child pornography). For example, in July 2012, two individuals were indicted on prostitution charges by a Gloucester County grand jury. In September 2013, six women were arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution after a multi-agency sting revealed several employees of a local strip club were allegedly “acting as prostitutes.” According to local officials, the arrests were part of a six-month investigation into the club on Crown Point Road by members of several Gloucester County police departments, supported by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office. The West Deptford Police Department had been receiving numerous anonymous tips about employees of the club offering sex acts in exchange for money before beginning the investigation. The department, along with the assistance of the Paulsboro and Woolwich Police Departments, sent undercover officers into the club who reported they were repeatedly propositioned by employees or dancers from the club, who offered to perform various sex acts in exchange for money. The sting was performed by numerous police departments including Paulsboro, Woolwich, and Westville police departments.

In September 2016, a Gloucester County police officer was charged with “soliciting a prostitute while on duty” and “witness tampering” in Greenwich Township. According to a police complaint, in April 2016, the officer committed misconduct “by engaging in sexual acts with a prostitute while on duty” in exchange for money. Fearing an investigation into the incident, the officer knowingly did “attempt to induce or otherwise cause a witness to falsely recant an initial report to law enforcement,” via a telephone conversation, the complaint reportedly stated. The officer turned himself into the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and was released after posting $35,000 bail. He was suspended without pay from the department where he had served as an officer for 13 years.

In November 2016, the Attorney General’s Office announced that a Gloucester County woman was indicted by a state grand jury on first-degree charges for allegedly recruiting a 16-year-old girl to engage in prostitution (i.e., child sex trafficking) with her in South Jersey and soliciting clients on She was indicted on first-degree charges of conspiracy, human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and promoting organized street crime, as well as second-degree charges of facilitating human trafficking and endangering the welfare of a child. The offender had met the 16-year-old runaway in early 2016 and invited the girl to move in with her at a hotel in Cherry Hill. It is alleged that the woman was “working as a prostitute” and she urged the girl to meet men with her and engage in paid sexual abuse so that they could make money. The woman allegedly had the girl place advertisements with photos of herself on and another website to solicit clients. She allegedly told the girl to advertise the two of them together so that they could make more money and asked the victim to provide photos of herself in her underwear, so she could send the photos to prospective clients (i.e., child sexual abusers). The child was allegedly sexually assaulted by up to four men in a single day.

In July 2017, three men were arrested in a human trafficking investigation involving a 17-year-old victim, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office announced. One was arrested on 13 charges related to trafficking and prostitution (i.e., sex trafficking) of a runaway teen while she was in a Gibbstown motel. Two others implicated in the case were arrested earlier that month. Charges include first-degree human trafficking, second-degree promoting child prostitution, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, multiple conspiracy counts (conspiracy to commit human trafficking, conspiracy to commit human trafficking by force, conspiracy to commit promoting prostitution of a juvenile), manufacturing “child pornography” (child sexual abuse materials, or CSAM) and endangering the welfare of a child. In announcing the arrests, prosecutors said the pair forced the victim, who had been reported missing as a runaway, into prostitution via They were staying at a motel in Gibbstown at the time. The victim told investigators that she was forced to engage in acts of paid sexual abuse with multiple assailants and then had to turn over the money she was paid to her alleged traffickers. All three defendants were convicted and sentenced in 2018.

Consumer-level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. Demand reduction tactics used in Mantua Township include the arrest of sex buyers and the public disclosure of their identities. In August 2012, a Gloucester County corrections officer was arrested while in uniform and was later suspended from duty without pay. He was charged with soliciting prostitution, according to Mantua Township Police after being arrested in Quail Court in the Snowy Owl development “as a result of a police investigation.” The suspect had worked for the county’s Department of Corrections since 2004.

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State New Jersey
Type City
Population 15235
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