Jersey City, NJ

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Jersey City is an urban community of about 250,000 in the New York City metro area, situated between Newark and Manhattan.  Prostitution, sex trafficking, and prostitution-related violence have been identified as substantial problems in the city.

To combat consumer-level demand for commercial sex, the Jersey City Police Department has conducted reverse stings, and seized the vehicles and publicized the identities of arrestees.  A comprehensive approach including reverse stings was found to have reduced prostitution in the city.  In a rigorous field experiment, Weisburd and colleagues (2006) found a 75% reduction in observed and reported prostitution from a comprehensive approach that included combating demand through reverse stings.  The evaluation design tested for displacement effects, and the researchers concluded that the reductions were not attributable to simply pushing the problem to other areas of the city.  However, the comprehensive nature of the intervention prevents attributing the positive effects to the demand piece or any other single component of the program.

Key Partners

  • Jersey City Police Department

Key Sources

State New Jersey
Type City
Population 242503
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