West New York, NJ

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

West New York is a city located in Hudson County, New Jersey and has a population of roughly 52,000. Prostitution rings, indoor prostitution, and street prostitution have all presented problems for the city for decades, and resulted in complaints from the community.  In 2010, the Street Crimes Unit of the West New York Police Department busted eight separate prostitution operations, many of which were investigated in response to tips from residents.  In 2006, a woman was abducted from a nightclub by a prostituted woman and an accomplice, and was raped and murdered.  In 2013, a person who prostituted in West New York was arrested for knowingly spreading the HIV virus to as many as 300 people.  The West New York Police Department reportedly has received approximately 10 to 20 complaints a week on their hotline, and the Chief of Police said, “We follow through on every complaint.  The whole department is very dedicated towards the community.”  He added that some of the women who have been arrested cited the current economic situation as their reason for getting involved in prostitution. He hopes the recent arrests will serve as a warning call to others contemplating or currently involved in such activity.  In an effort to reduce the demand for prostitution, police have conducted reverse stings.

Key Partners

  • West New York Police Department
    • Street Crimes Unit

Key Sources

Brothel Busts with Sex Buyer Arrests, Identity Disclosure:

Reverse Stings:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Cops Targeted as Being Tools of Cuban Mobs; Feds Probing West New York,” Newark Star-Ledger, September 11 1997.
  • “Prostitution Ring Returns to Building,” Jersey Journal, May 4 1999.
  • “WNY Brothel Shut in Raid; Five Arrests,” Jersey Journal, August 25 2000.
  • “Prostitution Raid at WNY Storefront,” Jersey Journal, February 20 2002.
  • “Local Prostitution a ‘Problem’; Feds: Recent Raids in Union City, West New York Part of Pattern,” Hudson Reporter, May 14 2006.
  • “Prostitution Charges for 6 after New Year’s Eve Bust,” Jersey Journal, January 5 2010.
  • “3 Shut down in a Month,” Jersey Journal, February 27 2010.
  • “Another West New York Prostitution Operation Is Busted by Police; WNY Cops in New Brothel Shutdown,” Jersey Journal, February 9 2010.
  • “West New York Police Shut down Their 5th Prostitution Ring in as Many Weeks,” Jersey Journal, February 9 2010.
  • “West New York Cops Chalk up 7th Prostitution Bust in 6 Weeks; It’s West New York Cops’ 7th Prostitution Bust in 6 Weeks,” Jersey Journal, February 19 2010.
  • “Transsexual Caught in Prostitution Bust; First Arrest in WNY to Involve Internet Use to Arrange for Sex,” Jersey Journal, February 27 2010.
  • “West New York Police Make 9th Prostitution Arrest since Dec. 31,” Jersey Journal, March 9 2010.
  • “Spicy Ads in Spanish Papers Result in 4 Prostitution Busts,” Jersey Journal, April 9 2010.
  • “West New York Cops Arrest 6 on Prostitution Charges at 56th St. House Retrofitted with Cubicles; WNY Makes 6 Prostitution Arrests,” Jersey Journal, May 11 2010.
  • “48 Charged since Dec. 31,” Jersey Journal, June 3 2010.
  • “West New York Police Arrest Three More Women in Prostitution Sting,” Jersey Journal, June 25 2010.
  • “WNY Makes 59th Prostitution Arrest,” Jersey Journal, August 20 2010.
  • “West New York Police Make Three Arrests on Prostitution Charges after Raiding Apartment on Hudson Avenue near 55th Street,” Jersey Journal, October 8 2010.
  • “West New York Police Report Arrests of Two People on Prostitution Charges in Same Apartment Where Two Other People Were Arrested Just Weeks Earlier,” Jersey Journal, February 8 2011.
  • “West New York Cops Uncover ‘Prostitution House’ on Broadway, Police Say,” Jersey Journal, January 5 2012.
State New Jersey
Type City
Population 52242
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