Fairfield, CA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Fairfield is a city of approximately 120,000 residents, located roughly midway between San Francisco and Sacramento in northern California’s Solano County. The city is home to the Travis Air Force Base. As in the neighboring communities of Vallejo and Vacaville, Fairfield has reported problems with both street- and web-based prostitution for decades. The city has also documented cases of prostitution of minors, assaults and robberies of sex buyers, and felony pimping charges.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. The Fairfield Police Department has conducted reverse stings since at least 2006. In a survey for the National Assessment, the Vacaville Police Department confirmed that FPD officers periodically target demand by staging stings that target sex buyers. To our knowledge, the FPD conducted its first web-based reversal in April 2006.  The sting targeted both prostitution and drug-related crimes.  Fake advertisements were posted online suggesting sex and/or drugs were available for a fee.  A total of 24 arrests were made during the operation. The names of all of arrestees were reported to the press, but the charges associated with each arrest were not disclosed so it remains unclear how many of those intercepted were sex buyers. A similar web-based operation was conducted in late December 2012 and early January 2013, resulting in the arrest of 36 individuals on prostitution-related offenses.

Street-level reverse stings are also periodically conducted in Fairfield. Operations have been both small and large in scale, at times intercepting as few as three or as many as nine male sex buyers in a single operation. In March 2016, for example, 14 men were arrested after soliciting female undercover officers along a major roadway. Their names were publicized in local media outlets.

Key Partners

  • Fairfield Police Department

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Escort Ring Broken up with 2 Pimping Arrests,” San Jose Mercury News, August 14 1986.
  • “Police Will Call ‘Johns,’ Officials Seek Data on Hooker Ring,” San Jose Mercury News, August 15 1986.
  • “Prostitution Ring Broken, Police Say Escort Services Are Linked to 12,000-Customer Operation,” San Jose Mercury News, August 15 1986.
  • “Undercover Operation Nets Three Arrests,” Vallejo Times-Herald, January 7 2006.
  • “Sting in Fairfield Targets Prostitution,” Vacaville Reporter, June 4 2007.
  • “Five Arrested in Craigslist ‘Erotic’ Ad Sting,” Vacaville Reporter, November 30 2008.
  • “Several Arrested in Fairfield Prostitution Sting,” Vallejo Times-Herald, November 30 2008.
  • “Prostitution Sting Ends in Arrests,” Vacaville Reporter, March 8 2009.
  • “Fairfield Prostitution Sting Leads to 3 Arrests,” San Mateo County Times, June 27 2009.

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 119715
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