Beverly Hills is an affluent city of approximately 34,000 residents, located in Los Angeles County, California. In recent years, the majority of the city’s commercial sex sales have moved indoors and advertised online, and reportedly included one of the 10 largest prostitution rings in America. Residents have complained to police about commercial sex activity in their neighborhoods, provoking some of the polcie activity. To address indoor prostitution, the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) frequently conducts surveillance checks of businesses alleged to be storefronts for prostitution. In February 2008, the BHPD, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau and Vice Detail, officers from the Inglewood Police Department, representatives from the U.S. Treasury and Immigration Departments, and the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, conducted a reverse sting operation resulting in the arrest of 12 johns in two of the city’s massage parlors. The names and identities of the offenders were not released to the public.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- U.S. Treasury Department
- U.S. Immigration Department
- California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control
- Inglewood Police Department
- Reverse Stings:
- “Eighteen People Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, Canyon News, February 10 2008.
- Background on Prostitution in the City: