Riverhead, NY

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

The town of Riverhead is the county seat of Suffolk County, New York, on the north shore of Long Island near Southampton and Riverside. It has a population of approximately 34,000 residents. Prostitution has been identified as a substantial problem in the city, generating numerous complaints to police and a wide range of associated crimes. For example, the targeted homicide of women engaged in prostitution has also been documented.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. Riverhead Town Police have conducted reverse stings since at least 2007 in order to reduce consumer-level demand. The names and ages of the men arrested in reverse stings have been released to media outlets.

Key Partners

  • Riverhead Town Police

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State New York
Type City
Population 33539
Comments are closed.