Fountain Valley, CA

Tactics Used

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

Fountain Valley is a city of 55,000 in Orange County, California. Local residents and law enforcement have reported problems related to prostitution in the city for over a decade. In addition, at least one serial rapist who specifically targeted prostituted women has operated in the city.

In an effort to reduce the size of the city’s commercial sex market, the Fountain Valley Police Department has conducted reverse stings. Operations have been staged both at street level, and from within adult-oriented businesses (e.g., day spas, massage parlors). In 2010, for example, the FVPD conducted a sting operation at a day spa that was a front for prostitution. First, undercover officers were sent into the spa to arrest the employees engaged in providing commercial sex.  Then, undercover detectives operated the spa and made arrangements with “customers.”   When four men arrived and offered money for sex, they were charged with soliciting prostitution.

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 55844
Location
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