Corona, CA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
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.

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 Corona 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 (i.e., 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. Downloadable Material: Talking Points and Slides

Key Sources

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.

Web Stings:

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.
State California
Type City
Population 152374
Location
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