Antioch is a city of approximately 100,000 residents, located in San Francisco Bay area near Stockton, California. The city has well-known prostitution and sex trafficking problems, particularly in hotels and motels. which generate complaints to police. Local law enforcement agencies have participated in FBI’s Operation Innocence Lost investigations and other collaborative operations. For example, in February, 2020 the results from the statewide “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” were announced. The week-long operation was led by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and 70 participating federal, state and local law enforcement agencies (including the Antioch Police Department) and task forces from across California. In addition to rescuing and serving victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking and arresting then prosecuting their captors, Operation Reclaim and Rebuild also seeks to disrupt the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their customers. Investigators focused enforcement operations wherever the trafficking of human beings took place and included street-level and internet-based operations. The operation deployed specially trained cyber detectives who posed as vulnerable teenagers and interacted with suspects on social media, traffickers and customers who sought to exploit and sexually abuse children. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild resulted in 266 male sex buyers arrested for the charge of Solicitation, as well as the recovery of 76 adult and 11 minor victims and the arrest of 27 suspected traffickers. Tin the press release announcing these results, the head of the Task Force said, “To the Johns: Purchasing commercial sex is illegal and buying sex adds to the exploitation of those involved.” Downloadable Material: Talking Points and Slides
- Antioch Police Department
- Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
- Street-level and Web-based Reverse Stings:
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “East Bay Roundup”, Contra Costa Times, March 2 2005.
- “Pregnant Woman Suspected of Pimping”, Contra Costa Times, September 25 2005.
- “Undercover Police Arrest Six for Prostitution, Pimping”, Vallejo Times-Herald, November 18 2006.
- “Two Vallejo Men Arrested in Antioch Prostitution Sting”, Vallejo Times-Herald, September 15 2007.
- “Prostitution Sting”, Antioch Press, September 19 2007.
- “Alleged Pimp, Prostitute Arrested for Online Ads”, ABC/KGO-TV 7, April 25 2008.
- “Vallejo Woman Busted in Prostitution Sting”, Vallejo Times-Herald, May 18 2008.
- “Seven Arrests in Antioch Prostitution Sting”, Contra Costa Times, October 17 2008.
- “Antioch Police Calls”, Oakland Tribune, August 5 2009.