Bellflower, CA

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

Bellflower is a city of about 77,000 residents that reportedly has a persistent prostitution problem, and the police department fields numerous complaints from residents.  The city has made a substantial effort to address the problem by focusing on consumer-level demand.  One street-level reverse sting in 1997 resulted in the arrest of 10 johns, and these operations have been conducted periodically through to the present.  An indication of the priority given to commercial sex demand is found in arrest numbers from FY 2002, in which the city arrested 63 johns but only 12 women engaged in prostitution.

Key Partners

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

State California
Type City
Population 77408
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