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.
- Reverse Stings:
- “10 Men Cited in Undercover Prostitution Sweep”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, July 8 1994.
- “Police Arrest Seven for Soliciting Sex”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, November 13 1994.
- “Nine Men Arrested in Prostitute Sting”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, November 23 1995.
- “Prostitution Sweep Nets 10 in Corona”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, July 9 1995.
- “Corona Police Nab 10 in Prostitution Sweep”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, January 20 1996.
- “Prostitution Sweep Nets 18 Arrests”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, June 8 1996.
- “Sometimes the Client Finds ‘Prostitute’ Has a Badge; Corona Leads the Way in Number of Sting Operations”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, August 4 1996.
- “16 Men Arrested in John Sweep”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, November 3 1996.
- “27 Men Arrested in Corona Sweep”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, October 24 1998.
- “14 Men Arrested in Prostitution Sweep”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, December 12 1998.
- “Briefs; Corona; 10 Men Arrested in Soliciting Sting”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, September 15 2000.
- “Corona Sting Targets Prostitution; Johns: Inland Police Battle the Sex Trade by Using Female Officers to Hook Potential Customers”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, May 1 2003.
- “Inland News: Corona Briefs; 15 People Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, August 30 2007.
- “CORONA: Week-Long Prostitution Crackdown Nets 8 Arrests”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, October 15 2013.
- “20 Men Arrested in Prostitution Sting”, Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch, November 20 2013.
- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Four Women Arrested in Prostitution Sweep”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, February 26 1994.
- “Hookers Continue to Work Sixth Street”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, February 27 1994.
- “CORONA: Three Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting”, Riverside Press-Enterprise, May 20 2013.