Bell, CA

Tactics Used

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

Bell is a small city of approximately 35,500 residents, located in the southeastern suburbs of Los Angeles, California. To our knowledge, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has conducted at least one street-level reverse sting in the city. The operation, conducted in December 1991, was undertaken by the LASD in response to complaints from owners of local motels and other businesses, as well as residents who alleged that prostituted women could be seen “conduct[ing] business in cars parked in front of family homes.” Thirty-four johns were arrested as a result of the sting; it is unclear whether their identities were made public.

State California
Type City
Population 35477
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