Desert Hot Springs, CA

Tactics Used

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

Desert Hot Springs (DHS) is a city in southern California with a population of 26,000. The DHS Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings since 2007. These operations occur about twice per year and the identities of those arrested are released to the media. Due to staffing and resource limitations, DHS police report not being able to conduct many web-based stings, since keeping street level prostitution contained is a priority for a city dependent upon the tourism industry. Efforts are made to clean up the community through revitalizing abandoned buildings and community watch programs, and some of these general efforts include attempts to address demand for commercial sex.

Key Partners

  • Desert Hot Springs Police Department

Key Sources

  • National Assessment Survey
  • Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
    • “Police Say 14-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Prostitution Deal,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, September 6 2008.
State California
Type City
Population 24282
Location
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