Ocean Township, NJ

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

Ocean Township is a community of about 27,000 residents, located in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  It is situated near the Jersey Shore, just north of Asbury Park.  Prostitution has been identified as a substantial local problem for years, and the local market appears to be centered indoors in storefront brothels (e.g., spas) and motels.  For example, an investigation of alleged prostitution at the Ocean Spa on Route 35 resulted in the arrest of six people.

Among the tactics used to curtail the local commercial sex market and address resulting problems have been efforts to arrest the individuals driving the market: the buyers of sex. In July 2007, members of the Ocean Township Police Detective Bureau and Special Assignment Unit made 11 arrests in connection with prostitution-related offenses at two separate massage parlor establishments located on Route 35.  The arrests were the result of an ongoing investigation into the Ocean Day Spa, Route 35 north of Deal Road, and the Sea Day Spa, Route 35 and Herbert Avenue. All five men were charged with engaging in prostitution and were later released on criminal summonses. In January 2014, detectives observed “suspicious activity” at one of the rooms of the Tower Motel on Route 35.  An investigation provided evidence that two men had arrived at the hotel to buy sex.  The two men were arrested, as was a woman for “promoting prostitution.”  The identities of those arrested were released to the media.  This was not a case involving a typical reverse sting operation (i.e., featuring a police decoy), but was a proactive attempt to take advantage of an opportunity to arrest sex buyers during the course of a prostitution investigation.

Key Partners

  • Ocean Township Police Department
State New Jersey
Type City
Population 26959
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