North Palm Beach is a small city on Florida’s east coast, north of Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the city and region. For example, in January 2013 an investigation was conducted by local and federal law enforcement into an international child sex trafficking operation coordinated by a North Palm Beach doctor. LAter in 2013, a woman who operated a North Palm Beach massage parlor was charged with maintaining a house of prostitution.
To combat such problems, tactics used by the community include conducting operations targeting demand. The first known reverse sting in the city occurred in 1976, resulting in the arrest of 29 men.
- UPI (Youngstown Vindicator). June 26, 1976. Arrested Mayor Resigns Post.