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Auburn is a city of about 14,000 residents in Placer County, California, and is included within the greater Sacramento metropolitan area, to the northeast. The Auburn Police Department has made numerous prostitution arrests over the years and fielded numerous complaints from residents about prostitution activity. The city and others in the county and Sacramento region also has substantial documented sex trafficking activity.
To address prostitution and sex trafficking, the Auburn Police Department has conducted reverse stings, and has collaborated with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and Roseville Police Department on comprehensive operations that have targeted commercial sex buyers, providers, and traffickers. For example, in December 2018, Auburn Police reported a human trafficking investigation inside city limits resulted in the arrest of eight women on suspicion of prostitution, a man and woman arrested for pimping, and two men arrested on suspicion of soliciting for prostitution. The arrests took place during a two-day operation led by Auburn Police, and included the Placer County Sheriff’s Office special investigations unit, county probation and the California Alcoholic Beverage Control office. A total of 17 people were contacted during the two-day operation, according to Auburn Police. During one of the operations, a woman was arrested and charged with child endangerment for bringing a small child with her during the course of participating in prostitution.
In February, 2018 a three-city, multi-agency task force operation designed to combat human trafficking resulted in the local arrest of three men, two for pimping and pandering and one for solicitation. The three-day operation on human trafficking, Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, was conducted throughout California, including Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville, and resulted in 510 arrests statewide, including 178 males arrested for solicitation. In Auburn, one man was arrested for solicitation. A detective of the Auburn Police Department and the Placer County Special Investigations Unit helped organize Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’s local efforts, and said that arrests are made regularly “on the customer side.”
In January 2019, a man was arrested after Placer County Sheriff’s Office say he tried to meet with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl for sexual abuse in Auburn. The man used social media to contact a teen, offering to pay her to sexually abuse her, but the online post was a decoy placed by sheriff’s deputies and detectives. When the man arrived at the meeting spot he was arrested. His identity was disclosed in news reports.
- Auburn Police Department
- Placer County Sheriff’s Office
- Placer County Special Investigations Unit
- California Alcoholic Beverage Control
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- http://www.lincolnnewsmessenger.com/several-cited-three-arrested-three-city-human-trafficking-crackdown (2018)
- http://www.auburnjournal.com/8-prostitution-arrests-auburn (2018)
- https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article (2019)
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Police: Man Suspected of Pimping 3 Women, 2 Underage,” Roseville Press Tribune, May 19 2009.
- “Roseville Man Arrested for Pimping, Other Charges,” Roseville Press Tribune, June 2 2010.
- “Roseville Pair Arrested for Pimping Teen,” Roseville Press Tribune, August 10 2010.
- “Jury Hears Tale of ‘Fear’ from Alleged Victim in Teen Pimping Case,” Roseville Press Tribune, March 4 2013.
- “Testimony in Putnam and Thongsy Case Shows Websites Connecting Roseville to Prostitution,” Roseville Press Tribune, March 6 2013.
- “Putnam and Thongsy Found Guilty of Pimping Teenagers; Putnam Found Not Guilty of Felony Sex Act with a Minor,” Roseville Press Tribune, March 21 2013.
- “Putnam Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Teen Pimping Case; Request for New Trial Denied by Judge,” Roseville Press Tribune, August 29 2013.
- “Woman Arrested in Roseville Accused of Prostitution, Using Teen as Pimp,” Sacramento Bee, May 20 2014.
- “Roseville Police Make Arrest in Alleged Human Trafficking Case; Suspect Was on Bail for Forced Abduction, Forced Prostitution in Lake County,” Roseville Press Tribune, February 6 2015.
- “Prison Employee Accused of Trafficking Teen Girl,” ABC/KXTV-TV 10, May 11 2015.
- “Roseville Police Make Second Human Trafficking Bust on Harding Ave in Five Months,” Roseville Press Tribune, July 23 2015.
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Massage Therapists Rubbed the Wrong Way; Ordinance Aimed at Adult Entertainment,” Sacramento Bee, April 16 1998.
- “Prostitution Sting Leads to 4 Arrests,” Sacramento Bee, August 23 2007.
- “Roseville ‘Pimping’ Suspect to Appear in Court,” Roseville Press Tribune, February 16 2009.
- “Police Make Arrest in Prostitution Case,” Roseville Press Tribune, July 17 2009.
- “Pimping Suspect Arrested,” Roseville Press Tribune, October 13 2009.
- “Police Nab Alleged Prostitute, Pimp,” Roseville Press Tribune, February 22 2010.
- “Roseville PD: Man Arrested for Pimping after Ad Answered,” Sacramento Bee, February 24 2010.
- “Prostitution Sting Yields Several Arrests,” Roseville Press Tribune, August 16 2010.
- https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2-arrested-in-placer-county-massage-parlor-investigation/ (2014)
- “Neighbors concerned after prostitution bust at Roseville apartment complex,” Fox40, September 21, 2017.
- http://www.auburnjournal.com/auburn-hotel-police-asked-us-help (2018)
Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- “Rape, Kidnap Charges Filed; A Roseville Man Is Arraigned in 3 Cases,” Sacramento Bee, January 13 2005.
- “Local Man Arraigned in Prostitute Attacks; Police Believe He May Be Linked to Other Crimes,” Roseville Press Tribune, January 15 2005.