Cudahy, CA

Tactics Used

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

Cudahy is a city of approximately 25,000 residents in Los Angeles County, California. Indoor prostitution has been identified as a problem in the area and has generated complaints by residents to police. Local attempts to reduce prostitution activity and the associated crimes and community deterioration that co-occur with it have included at least one operation to combat consumer-level demand.

In November 2012, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau’s Vice Detail and East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station’s Special Problem Team conducted “took over” a massage parlor serving as a brothel.  Police dismantled the massage parlor brothel and replaced the staff with female undercover officers.  They then ran a reverse sting, arresting men who arrived at the brothel and offered money for sex with the decoys. Over the course of two days, 20 men were arrested and charged with Soliciting an Act of Prostitution (647.b) or Loitering for Prostitution (653.22). All of the offenders were issued citations and released from the location. Arrestees included residents of Cudahy, as well as the neighboring cities of Vernon and Los Angeles.

Key Partners

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office
    • Major Crimes Bureau’s Vice Detail
    • East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station’s Special Problem Team
State California
Type City
Population 24516
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