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Berkeley is a city of approximately 112,000 residents, located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California. Driven by community complaints, the Berkeley Police Department conducted a street-level reverse sting in South Berkeley in March 2005. The operation utilized undercover women officers, who served as decoys along the San Pablo Avenue corridor. A total of 12 johns were arrested. The men’s names and identities of arrestees were not released to the media.
- Reverse Stings:
- “Crime Beat”, Berkeley Voice, October 25 2002.
- “Berkeley Police Sting Targets Prostitution”, Daily Californian, March 29 2005.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Police Blotter”, Berkeley Daily Planet, February 11 2009.
- “Six Arrested in Prostitution B Sting”, Media Release, Berkeley Police Department, October 20 2008.
- “Local Massage Parlor May Face Unhappy Ending”, Berkeley Daily Californian, January 20 2011.
- “Crack Down on Massage Parlors Suspected of Prostitution”, Berkeleyside, June 7 2012.
- “Point-Counterpoint: Should UC Police Run Bathroom Sex Stings?”, Informant/KALW News, February 17 2012.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Child Prostitution Investigations in Berkeley Drop 40 Percent Since Last Year”, Berkeley Daily Californian, December 8 2011.
- “The Facts About Youth Prostitution in Berkeley”, Berkeley Patch, December 12 2011.
- “How an Infamous Berkeley Human Trafficking Case Fueled Reform”, San Francisco Public Press, February 16 2012.
- “Berkeley Police Help with Prostitution Sting”, Berkeley Patch, November 7 2012.
- “Man Charged with Human Trafficking, Drug Sales, Hammer Assault after Berkeley Car Stop,” Berkeleyside, July 10 2015.
- Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: