El Cajon, CA

Tactics Used

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

El Cajon is a city of approximately 100,000 residents, located 16 miles east of San Diego in California. The El Cajon Police Department began implementing reverse stings over 20 years ago, in 1989.  They now conduct an average of 6 reverse stings annually, at times netting upwards of 100 individuals in a single year. City officials and local law enforcement have also coordinated efforts to create prostitution exclusion zones; once a john is arrested and charged with solicitation, he is placed on “geo-probation”, barring him from entering areas of the city known for commercial sex sales. Additionally, the ECPD posts photos of those convicted of prostitution-related offenses on the department’s official website.  By posting photos, officers hope to encourage the community to report repeat offenders and/or those in violation of their geo-probation.

Key Partners


  • El Cajon Police Department



Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 92533
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