Millville, NJ

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Millville is a city in Cumberland County, New Jersey with a population of roughly 28,000, near Vineland and Bridgeton. Street prostitution has posed persistent problems in the community for several years, and continues to generate complaints to law enforcement.

Among the reported crimes linked to the local commercial sex market are minors involved in prostitution activity– individuals under the age of 18 have been picked up during anti-prostitution investigations for both offering and attempting to purchase acts of prostitution– and assaults on law enforcement officers and prostituted women. In late 2001, for example, a woman engaged in prostitution in Millville was killed after jumping from the moving vehicle of a john who had picked her up on the city’s streets during what media outlets reported was a “prostitution deal gone bad.” Similarly, in July 2000, a john fled arrest in a vehicle following a reverse sting in Millville, making it to nearby Bridgeton before colliding with a tree and injuring at least two undercover law enforcement officers in the process.

Among their efforts to reduce demand for prostitution, the Millville Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings since at least 1996, and released the identities of those arrested to local media outlets since at least 2001.  In an three-day operation conducted in September 2010, for instance, police targeted prostitution in the Center City area after receiving numerous citizen complaints over the prior months.  Police arrested 17 sex buyers and released their full names, ages, and the street of their residence.  The sting operation was conducted by members of the MPD’s Neighborhood Crime Prevention Unit, with assistance from the department’s patrol and detective divisions and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Key Partners

  • Millville Police Department
  • Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office

Key Sources

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 28459
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