Secaucus, NJ

Tactics Used

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

Secaucus is a town of roughly 20,000 residents, located near Union City and North Bergen in Hudson County, New Jersey. City officials and law enforcement have reported a rise in prostitution in the area since about 2010, with activities frequently arranged online and occurring within sexually-oriented businesses and local hotels and motels.  Cases of child sex trafficking have also been documented in the city.  For example, in February 2014, a Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for, among other charges, trafficking a 16-year-old girl from Secaucus to Allentown as part of a prostitution ring he operated in both cities and advertised online. In fall 2015, four adults were indicted on sex trafficking charges for forcing a 14-year-old girl to commit acts of prostitution; the victim was recovered at a Secaucus hotel.

Following several “sweeps” targeting prostituted women and pimps operating within city massage parlors, the Secaucus Police Department shifted focus from street-level and brothel prostitution in fall 2014 and launched a web-based reverse sting. For the operation, SPD officers placed an advertisement on an unnamed “online classifieds website,” and arranged to meet the men who responded at a nearby hotel. Three sex buyers were arrested as a result, and their names, ages and hometowns were released to the public. In a press release about the sting, the SPD Police Chief commented:

“Prostitution is not a victimless crime like many people may think… We plan to remain proactive in the future as we will continue to target both prostitutes and their customers by doing various types of stings on a regular basis.”




Key Partners

  • Secaucus Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings with Shaming:

Background on 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 20152
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