Concord is a suburb of San Francisco, California with around 120,000 residents. The Concord Police Department has responded to citizen concerns and complaints about prostitution in local hotels and street corners by raiding the businesses suspected of promoting prostitution and staging prostitution sting – including reverse stings. The arrested prostituted women and the johns have their identities, ages and hometowns reported in the media. Concord police have also conducted web based reverse stings in addition to the street level operations.
In February, 2020 the results from the statewide “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” were announced. The week-long operation was led by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and 70 participating federal, state and local law enforcement agencies (including the Concord Police Department) and task forces from across California. In addition to rescuing and serving victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking and arresting then prosecuting their captors, Operation Reclaim and Rebuild also seeks to disrupt the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their customers. Investigators focused enforcement operations wherever the trafficking of human beings took place and included street-level and internet-based operations. The operation deployed specially trained cyber detectives who posed as vulnerable teenagers and interacted with suspects on social media, traffickers and customers who sought to exploit and sexually abuse children. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild resulted in 266 male sex buyers arrested for the charge of Solicitation, as well as the recovery of 76 adult and 11 minor victims and the arrest of 27 suspected traffickers. Tin the press release announcing these results, the head of the Task Force said, “To the Johns: Purchasing commercial sex is illegal and buying sex adds to the exploitation of those involved.” Downloadable Material: Talking Points and Slides
- Concord Police Department
- Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force
- Reverse Stings:
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Officers Arrest Teen on Suspicion of Prostitution,” Concord Transcript, March 23 2005.
- “14 Arrested in Concord during Nationwide Prostitution Sting,” San Mateo County Times, October 28 2008.
- “Two Men Held in Teen Prostitution Scheme in Concord,” Contra Costa Times, September 28 2010.
- “Vallejo Rapper Found Guilty of Pimping, Human Trafficking Charges,” FOX/KTVU-TV 2, February 22 2013.
- “12 Child Prostitutes Freed, 21 Pimps Arrested in Bay Area Sweep, FBI Says,” San Jose Mercury News, July 29 2013.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Proposed Law Targets Sex Trade at Massage Parlors, Police Officer’s Ordinance to Curb Illicit Activity Goes Before City Council on Tuesday,” Contra Costa Times, January 9 2006.
- “Massage Ordinance Approved, Those Practicing in Concord Must Comply with Stronger Restrictions,” Concord Transcript, January 12 2006.
- “No Contest Pleas in Case of Pimping, Couple Ran Brothel across Street from Police Station on Galindo Avenue,” Contra Costa Times, January 31 2006.
- “Brothel Bust Gives Relief to Residents in Tony Concord Area,” Contra Costa Times, May 26 2007.
- “Concord Police Arrest Two on Prostitution Charges,” Concord Patch, June 3 2011.
- “Six Teen Prostitutes Rescued in Bay Area Child-Sex Sting,” Oakland Tribune, June 23 2014.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: