Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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

Sunny Isles Beach is a city located on a barrier island in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida, with a population of approximately 22,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking are documented problems in the city, with some cases involving child sex trafficking and organized crime syndicates. In an effort to identify and apprehend local sex buyers, the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings since 1983. Operations typically use undercover female officers and detectives, who pose as decoys in areas suspected of prostitution activity. As sex buyers attempt to solicit sex from the women, they are arrested by police.

Key Partners

  • Sunny Isles Beach Police Department



Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

  • “‘Prostitutes’ Arrest Five Men”, The Miami Herald, June 19 1983.
  • “The Lady Wasn’t a Tramp Posing as a Prostitute: ‘Big Red’ Tricks Motel to Make a Fistful of Arrests”, The Miami Herald, August 13 1983.

Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:

State Florida
Type City
Population 22342
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