Citrus Heights, 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
Citrus Heights is a city of about 87,000 residents located in Sacramento County, in central California.  Among the tactics used to address well-documented problems with commercial sex and trafficking are those combating demand.  In January 2018, a prostitution sting conducted by the Citrus Heights Police Department resulted in 10 arrests, including four men accused of soliciting the services of prostitution. The operation was part of the fourth annual Reclaim and Rebuild Enforcement Operation and was conducted in coordination with the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. The objective was to identify and rescue commercially sexually exploited victims of human trafficking and to disrupt the demand for their services, according to a Police Department news release. The enforcement effort focused on identifying and arresting the pimps, and the sex buyers who drive the markets for commercial sex. Police encourage anyone who needs help or knows someone who does, or who suspects human trafficking may be occurring to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.

Key Partners

  • Citrus Heights Police Department
  • Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

Key Sources

Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Get Tough on Racy Ads, Detective Asks Yellow Pages”, Sacramento Bee, March 4 1990.
  • “Undercover Deputies Smash Prostitution Ring; 2 Arrested”, Sacramento Bee, March 11 1997.
  • “County Targets Absent Owners; Proposals Focus on Blighted Property”, Sacramento Bee, September 2 1997.
  • “Fines for Landlords Have Reduced Crimes, Officials Say”, Sacramento Bee, December 2 1998.
  • “County Targets Tanning Centers; A Special Investigation Unit Cites Six Businesses with Prostitution”, Sacramento Bee, June 27 2002.
  • “Crime Declines as Arden Cleans Up; Sheriff’s Department Officials Say Assigning Officers to Work in Certain Neighborhoods Help Offenses Drop”, Sacramento Bee, March 27 2003.
  • “Alleged Brothels Ordered to Close; The Sheriff’s Department Is Cracking Down on Prostitution Rings Masquerading as Spas”, Sacramento Bee, February 12 2004.
  • “County Targets Illicit Sex Trade; A Proposed Ordinance Would Fight Prostitution Houses that Pose as Massage Businesses”, Sacramento Bee, January 27 2005.
  • “Prostitution Sting Nets Arrest and Meat Cleaver”, Sacramento Bee, November 15 2007.
State California
Type City
Population 87402
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