North Bellport, located in Suffolk County, New York, has a population of approximately 9,000. Sex trafficking and prostitution are well-documented problems throughout Suffolk County, including North Bellport. To address community complaints about prostitution and to help solve other problems, reverse stings have been conducted to reduce the consumer-level demand that drives commercial sex markets. The first reverse sting in the city was conducted in 1993 and resulted in the arrest of seven sex buyers, whose identities were released to local news outlets. In 2007, a reverse sting resulted in the arrest of seven sex buyers, whose names, ages, and home addresses were disclosed in news reports.
- North Bellport Police Department
- Reverse stings:
- Pleven, L. (1993). Suffolk Halts Stings on Johns. Newsday, September 21.
- Suffolk County Police. (2007). Seven Men Arrested in Prostitution “John Sting.” Police news release.
- Background on local prostitution and sex trafficking: