Southampton, 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

Southampton is a town of approximately 59,000 residents in Suffolk County, located on the South Fork of Long Island, New York. Residents and businesses have reported a spike in prostitution activity on Riverside and Flanders streets, and ancillary crimes such as stabbings of prostituted women have been documented. The victim of a serial killer who murdered at least 17 women (most involved in prostitution) was found in Southampton. In response to problems associated with prostitution locally, Southampton Town Police have conducted street-level reverse stings to identify and apprehend sex buyers. Operations have typically utilized one or more undercover female officers who pose as decoys. When sex buyers attempt to solicit sex from the women, they are arrested by police. At times, the men’s names and other identifying information have been released to the local media.

State New York
Type City
Population 58902
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