Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, commonly called simply Parsippany, is a city of about 53,000 residents located in Morris County, New Jersey – approximately 15 miles West of Newark. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of Morris county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. For example, in May 2010, a pair of prostitution stings led to the arrests of four women and a man at two Route 46 motels. The arrests came after Parsippany police had received complaints of prostitution in the township and sexual services being advertised on the Internet Undercover officers scheduled appointments with the women providing prostitution, and arrested four of the suspects at one motel and one woman at another. In July 2016, two women faced prostitution charges after being caught soliciting undercover police in township hotels. The Parsippany Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit’s investigated possible prostitution at area hotels after receiving several citizen complaints. In May 2017, three women were charged with prostitution at two different Parsippany hotels in one week. After receiving multiple complaints about prostitution at local hotels, police conducted a “brief investigation.” In September 2017, a similar investigation was initiated by Parsippany Police after receiving numerous complaints of prostitution occurring in township hotels.
To combat prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, local law enforcement agencies have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which provides the revenue stream driving all commercial sex and trafficking. For example, in 2013 an undercover operation resulted in the arrest of seven women for prostitution, two men for soliciting, and another man for promoting prostitution. All of the arrests were made at a hotel on Route 46. Police credited citizen complaints and Crime Stoppers tips for helping them crack down on prostituted women and their customers.
- Parsippany Police Department
- Special Enforcement Unit
- Morris Township Police Department
- http://newjersey.news12.com/story/34879720/police-in-parsippany-worry-town-is-becoming-hot-spot-for-prostitution (2013)
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “‘Mansion Madam’ Pleads Guilty, Gets Probation,” Jersey City Journal, May 12 1999.
- “Prosecutor Seeks Cash from Suspected Prostitution Parlor; $800,000 Forfeiture Action Targets Proceeds from Morris Township Massage Operation,” Newark Star-Ledger, August 22 2006.
- https://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/05/parsippany_police_arrest_five (2010)
- https://www.facebook.com/ParsippanyPoliceDepartment/posts/arrests-for-theft-prostitution-and-warrant (2014)
- https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/morris-county/2016/07/13/parsippany-police-prostitution-embassy-suites-howard-johnson (2016)
- http://parsippanyfocus.com/2017/09/07/prostitution-arrest-at-hilton-hotel/ (2017)
- https://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2017/05/police_arrest_3_accused_of_prostitution_at_parsipp.html (2017)
- https://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/05/parsippany_makes_another_prost.html (2017)
- https://patch.com/new-jersey/parsippany/3-women-charged-prostitution-parsippany-police (2017)