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North Amityville is a hamlet of approximately 18,000 residents located within the town of Babylon in Suffolk County, New York. Prostitution is a longstanding problem in the city and throughout Suffolk County, generating complaints to police. To address the issue, the Suffolk County Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings in North Amityville (as well as nearby Copiague and Wyandanch) since the 1980s in an effort to reduce consumer-level demand for prostitution. Between January and May of 1989, SCPD officers arrested 241 prostituted women and 237 sex buyers. At the time, police reported that arresting sex buyers appeared to be more effective, stating, “we find that after we arrest a john we never see him back. It’s helping to curtail the problem.”
- “Suffolk Cops Cracking Down on Johns; For First Time, Are Using Women Officers as Decoys”, Newsday, November 16 1988.
- “Crack Addiction Is Forcing Prostitutes onto the Streets”, New York Times, February 18 1990.
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Clash at ‘the Corner’; Cops Pelted after Sweep in N. Amityville”, Newsday, September 25 1987.
- “On the Corner: Reign of Crack and Violence”, New York Times, October 13 1987.
- “Amityville Police ‘Clean Up’ Village; 50 People Arrested Since Nov. 21”, Newsday, December 8 1987.
- “Bill to Deter Prostitution Shelved”, Newsday, December 8 1987.
- “Drugs, Prostitution and Disease: Police Link Vice Surge to Crack; Tie Venereal Disease to Sex Sales”, Newsday, June 2 1989.
- “State Boost for Infamous Corner”, Newsday, November 27 1990.
- “Renewal Plan for North Amityville OK’d”, Newsday, December 19 2010.
- “Plan to Revitalize North Amityville’s ‘Corner’ in Jeopardy”, Newsday, February 2 2014.
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area: