North Bellport, NY

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

North Bellport is a hamlet of approximately 12,000 residents within the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York. Sex trafficking and prostitution are well-documented problems throughout Suffolk County, including North Bellport. To address community complaints about prostitution and curb the associated crimes, reverse stings have been conducted. The stings are conducted to reduce the consumer-level demand that drives prostitution. 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

Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

  • 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:

State New York
Type City
Population 12008
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