Mastic, 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

Mastic is a hamlet in the town of Brookhaven with approximately 15,000 residents, located in central Suffolk County on Long Island, New York. At least two prostitution stings have been conducted locally using undercover female and male officers as decoy sex sellers and buyers. The Suffolk County Police charged several men during each reverse sting and released the identities and hometowns of the men arrested. A sting that took place in 2019 led to the arrest of 11 people, who were charged with fifteen counts of trafficking. The arrested had trafficked at least 10 young women through force, fraud, and coercion. The Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Geraldine Hart, stated: “The takedown of this alleged sex trafficking ring in Suffolk County is crucial in stopping predators who target the vulnerable for financial gain, as well as support the victims in getting the necessary assistance they deserve.”

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

  • “Six Men Arrested in Prostitution Sting,” Newsday, January 9 2008.
  • “BRIEF: Three Men Arrested after Prostitution Solicitation Sting,” McClatchy-Tribune Regional News, April 17 2008.

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State New York
Type City
Population 15404
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