El Monte, CA

Tactics Used

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

El Monte is a city with a population of around 100,000, located in Los Angeles County in southern California.  El Monte police have been conducting reverse stings since 2006.  The El Monte Police Department Special Investigations Team is specifically assigned to deal with prostitution arrests and investigations.  Reverse stings and auto seizures are the primary methods of combating demand in El Monte.  Auto seizures were first employed for sex buyers in 2002.  Arrestees are required to pay $120 to retrieve their vehicles and a $400 “investigations fee.”  The reverse stings are conducted monthly, on average, by the Special Investigations Team.

State California
Type City
Population 121446
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