Beverly Hills, CA
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Beverly Hills is an affluent city of approximately 34,000 residents, located in Los Angeles County, CA. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been pervasive issues in the city for decades. Among the more serious issues associated with the commercial sex market in the city has been the sex trafficking of adults and minors. For example, in the late 1990’s the Beverly Hills Police Department conducted an investigation into what would be known as one largest prostitution operations in America. Residents have complained to police about commercial sex activity in their neighborhoods, provoking some of the police activity. To address the demand for commercial sex in the city, the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) frequently conducts surveillance checks of businesses alleged to be storefronts for prostitution. In February of 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 sex buyers in two of the city’s massage parlors. The names and identities of the offenders were not released to the public. In addition, the city has implemented demand policies for city employees such as taxicab drivers, declaring a “no tolerance policy” for drivers found to be soliciting prostitution.
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- http://newsonrelevantscience.blogspot.com/10-largest-prostitution-rings-in.html (2012)
- http://beverlyhighlights.com/ongoing-investigation-of-prostitution-business-continues-in-beverly-hills/ (2013)
- https://patch.com/scott-joseph-barker-murder-trial-prostitution-and-revenge (2013)
- Taxicab Franchise Rules and Regulations (2015)
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