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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.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department