|IT Based Tactics
Campbell is a city of about 43,000 residents in Santa Clara County, CA. It is in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the region known as Silicon Valley. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and throughout Santa Clara County. Prostitution and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses. For example, in October of 2013, officers from the Campbell Police Department arrested a prostituted woman at a local massage parlor, after residents complained about the business. It was the second arrest at a Campbell massage parlor within a five month period. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking.
Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. In October of 2016, the Campbell Police Department collaborated with numerous partner agencies in the region to conduct operations in support of “Operation Cross Country X,” an international effort focused on ending child sex trafficking. The operation took place over the course of five days and spanned across six counties in the Bay Area (San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, and Sonoma). In addition to recovering six juvenile sex trafficking victims and arresting 14 sex traffickers, the operation resulted in the arrest or citation of 79 adult male sex buyers, and “cyber patrol” contact with 63 adult men. Cyber patrols involve potential sex buyers being contacted by law enforcement and advised of the harm caused by engaging in prostitution. FBI San Francisco Division coordinated the California effort for Operation Cross Country X, and 28 additional agencies participated.
Web-Based Reverse Stings:
- https://www.fbi.gov/press-releases/fbi-partners-complete-operation-cross-country-x (2016)
- https://www.fbi.gov/operation-cross-country-x (2016)
Background on Local Prostitution: