Plainfield, 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

Plainfield is a New Jersey city of about 55,000 residents, located in the greater New York City metropolitan area about 10 miles west of Newark near Edison and New Brunswick. Cases of child sex trafficking in residential areas have been documented, prostituted persons have been murdered in the community, and prostitution has generated numerous complaints to local police.

In response to such problems, the Plainfield Police Department has conducted several street-level reverse stings in the city and has released to the media the identities of arrested sex buyers. One 2011 reversal, for example, sent a police decoy undercover along city streets and resulted in the arrests of 17 men in a 12-hour period.

Key Partners

  • Plainfield Police Department
  • Union County Prosecutor’s Office

Key Sources

Brothel Busts with Sex Buyer Arrests:

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 54936
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