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Southampton is a town of approximately 69,000 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.
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “Police Blotter”, Newsday, March 4 2001.
- http://www.longislandpress.com/2012/06/04/riverside-prostitution-sting-nets-10-arrests (2012)
- https://patch.com/new-york/southampton/local-men-busted-prostitution-sting-police (2016)
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nj-prostitute-is-caught (2009)
- https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2018/02/85542/southampton-cops-arrest-three-in-prostitution-sting (2018)
Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area: