Southampton is a town of approximately 57,000 residents, located on the South Fork of Long Island, New York. In recent years, 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 typically utilize one or more undercover female officers, who pose as decoys. When johns 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:
- “Police Blotter”, Newsday, March 4 2001.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- Prostitution-related violence: