New Brunswick, NJ

Tactics Used

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

New Brunswick is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are well documented in the city and surrounding areas.  For example, in 2013, two juvenile girls, ages 15 and 17, were rescued from an internet prostitution ring after an investigation by the New Brunswick Police Department and the FBI.  In each case, the juvenile were rescued by police with the assistance of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Multiple cases of targeted violence against individuals engaged in prostitution (including both prostituted persons and sex buyers) have also been documented.

To combat consumer-level demand, the NBPD has conducted reverse stings since at least 1992. Officers occasionally release the identities of  the johns arrested during these operations. In 2010, police conducted a raid of two brothels after a month-long investigation. The 2010 raid resulted in 14 arrests of both johns and prostituted women.  In 2011, the police conducted a raid of three brothels, which resulted in 16 arrests. Police responses to prostitution in New Brunswick are driven in part by persistent complaints by residents.

Key Partners

  • New Brunswick Police Department

Key Sources

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 51579
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