North Bellport, NY

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

  • North Bellport Police Department

Key Sources

State New York
Type City
Population 9565
Location
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