Corona, CA

Tactics Used

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

Corona is a city of approximately 152,000 residents, situated south of Riverside near Yorba Linda in Riverside County, California. The Corona Police Department has staged many street-level reverse stings, and has engaged in some web-based reversals. Sex buyers are arrested and warned about the risks of soliciting sex with people engaged in prostitution.

In 2003, CPD officers reported that they have at times conducted stings as often as once a week to catch men soliciting prostitutes on their city’s streets, and that complaints from businesses and residents frequently drive the force’s anti-prostitution operations.

In November 2013, a reverse sting was conducted between noon and 11 p.m. in a hotel near Maple Street and SR-91. During the sting, 20 men were arrested for buying sex after answering Internet ads that police had posted.  For several months prior to the reversal, the Corona Police Department’s Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Unit had been addressing community concerns about prostitution. Business owners have complained about prostituted women loitering and men soliciting sex acts from them, in areas that interfered with their businesses. Female residents also had complained about men soliciting them for sex as they walked to and from their homes.  The Corona Police Department said it would continue to conduct operations in the city, including those targeting sex buyers.  The details of the operations are reported to the media, but no effort to shame men by publicizing their identities is generally made.

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 152374
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