Paramus, 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

Paramus, located in New Jersey near Paterson and Hackensack, is a suburb of New York City and has a population of roughly 26,000. Prostitution has been identified as a problem in the city, particularly indoor operations using storefront businesses, such as massage parlors.  Sex trafficking of minors has also been documented locally.

In an effort to reduce prostitution, local law enforcement have conducted both street-level and web-based reverse stings. In 2004, media outlets reported that Bergen County Sheriff’s Office deputies had recently completed stings across the county targeting both johns and sex sellers. The stings included operations staged in Paramus.

In 2013, an adult john was arrested in the city after corresponding online and arranging to meet with what he thought was a 15-year-old female (but was, in fact, a law enforcement officer working undercover) to “have sex with him in exchange for money.” The man’s name and arrest photo was released to the public.

Key Partners

  • Paramus Police Department
  • Bergen County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 26137
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