Buena Park, CA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Buena Park is a city of approximately 81,000 residents, located near Anaheim, Santa Ana, Cypress, and Fullerton in northwest Orange County, California. Like its neighbors, the city has reported problems related to street prostitution. To address the issue, the Buena Park Police Department began conducting street-level reverse stings in the early to mid-1990s. In July 2012 and October, 2013, the Buena Park Police Department (BPPD) conducted web-based reverse stings that resulted in arrests of sex buyers. They were later convicted and sentenced for soliciting in plea agreements.  One man was sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10 days in jail with the possibility of CalTrans in lieu of jail, and must submit to AIDS testing and education. His name was also disclosed in news reports.  The area of Beach Boulevard in Buena Park is known to law enforcement to be a high-prostitution area and is known to frequently be used by individuals who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers.

In addition to local investigations, female BPPD officers have worked as decoys in at least two john stings in Anaheim.  In recent years, city police have also investigated businesses suspected of fronting prostitution.  Often, the operations are spurred by complaints from residents.  Few details about the arrests and operations are provided in order to protect future investigations.

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State California
Type City
Population 79281
Location
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