Sunny Isles Beach is a city located on a barrier island in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida with a population of approximately 17,000. 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 johns attempt to solicit sex from the women, they are arrested by police.
- Sunny Isles Beach Police Department
- 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:
- “Feds Set for Human-Trafficking Crackdown in Florida”, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, August 13 2011.