Glendale, CA

Tactics Used

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

Glendale is a city of 192,000 in the greater Los Angeles area.  Local prostitution is associated with a wide range of problems, including child sex trafficking, the robbery and armed assault of johns, and the targeting of prostituted women for serial rape and homicide.  To address such problems, tactics used by the community include those focusing on reducing demand for commercial sex.  The Glendale Police Department conducts street-level reverse stings about four times per year and has recently conducted web-based reverse stings. They also run a public education and awareness campaign that addresses the demand for commercial sex.  Reverse stings have occurred since 1988 in Glendale, and possibly before. During a reversal in October 2013, two female police decoys arrested five sex buyers during a four-hour operation.  The men were released from the scene, with orders to appear in court at a later date.

Key Partners

  • Glendale Police Department
  • Los Angeles Police Department

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 196979
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