Plainfield, NJ

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Plainfield is a New Jersey city of just over 50,000 residents, located in the greater New York City metropolitan area about 10 miles west of Newark and near Edison and New Brunswick.  Cases of child sex trafficking in residential areas have been documented, sex sellers 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

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 50588
Location
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