Burbank, CA

Tactics Used

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

Burbank is a city in the southeastern end of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, California, located just 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are well documented problems in the city.  For example, in May, 2013 two women suspected of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution were arrested at a Burbank hotel.  In December, 2013 Burbank Police arrested a woman for solicitation of prostitution at a hotel on the 2200 block of N. Buena Vista St.  In February, 2015 a woman from Illinois was arrested for prostitution on the 8400 block of  S Cicero Ave.  In July, 2017 Burbank was one of the locations in which a large child sex trafficking ring operated in which at least 13 trafficked minors were identified.  A community wide study in 2019 found 40% of the Burbank residents surveyed to consider prostitution to be a problem in the city.

It has been reported that Burbank police have conducted street level reverse stings dating back to the 1980s, using  female undercover officers as decoys and arresting people who tried to buy sex.  In Burbank Police Department issued a warning to pimps, prostitutes and anyone else benefiting from prostitution-related crimes that they would not allow prostitutes and their customers to believe that they can use Burbank as their meeting place.  The warning coincided with an increased effort to make prostitution arrests.  In 2010 police arrested a 26-year-old man on a prostitution charge, in addition to arresting two men at a hotel near the Los Angeles-Burbank Airport on suspicion of pimping a minor under the age of 16.


Key Partners

  • Burbank Police Department

Key Sources

Arrest and shaming of sex buyers:

Background on local prostitution:

State California
Type City
Population 103703
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