Buena Park, CA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Buena Park is a city of approximately 83,000 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 reverse 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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Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 83011
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