South Hackensack, 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

South Hackensack is a township of approximately 2,400 residents, located near Hackensack in Bergen County, New Jersey. Like many communities in the vicinity, the township has dealt with ongoing problems related to prostitution and drug sales at hotels and other businesses along its Route 46 corridor.  At least two cases of child sex trafficking has been documented, as have cases of sex sellers being raped.

To address the issue, the South Hackensack Police Department has conducted at least two street-level reverse stings, in 1997 and 2004. Both operations sent female law enforcement officers undercover as decoys to walk along “troubled” stretches of the Route, and apprehended men as they solicited sex from the officers. While local media outlets publicized the names of those arrested, it is unclear whether or not the information was formally released by the SHPD.

Key Partners

  • South Hackensack Police Department
  • Teaneck Police Department

Key Sources


State New Jersey
Type City
Population 2378
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