Inglewood, 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

Inglewood is a city of about 106,000 residents, located just south of Los Angeles near Hawthorne in Los Angeles County, CA. Prostitution is a substantial problem in the city, and police have used a number of demand-reduction tactics in an attempt to control it and to prevent sex trafficking. The Inglewood Police Department has frequently conducted reverse sting operations, and its first street-level reverse sting occurred in 1974.  Some of its stings operations have resulting in large scale arrests. For example, in 1978 the Inglewood PD arrested 76 male sex buyers within a single street-level reverse sting. Police have also released the identities and photos of arrested sex buyers in addition to seizing the vehicles of arrested sex buyers. For example, in April of 2005, the Inglewood PD implemented vehicle seizure as a new demand reduction tactic where police were going to begin seizing the vehicles of arrested sex buyers. In the same press release, police reported that as a result of the latest reverse sting operation, 14 male sex buyers were arrested 15 vehicles had been seized. In May of 2005, Inglewood PD conducted a reverse sting operation targeting sex buyers at illicit massage parlors in the city, resulting in the arrest of 24 male sex buyers for soliciting prostitution. The identities of arrested sex buyers were included in the police department’s press release. Reports of additional demand reduction tactics have been documented such as neighborhood action and SOAP (Stay Out of Areas of Prostitution) Orders. For example, in 1979, 60 Inglewood residents, led by an Inglewood city councilman, marched in protest against the increase of prostitution activity in their neighborhoods. The group was known as the Inglewood Task Force Against Prostitution. In the same year, Inglewood PD began posting “no tolerance” signs to deter sex buyers from frequenting areas known for prostitution. According to reports, the signs did help to reduce visible prostitution activity in these areas.

Loss of employment is also a consequence of buying sex in the city. For example, in 2007, numerous Inglewood police officers were targets of a federal investigation regarding criminal activity occurring within Inglewood massage parlors such as money laundering and prostitution. Officers were suspected of engaging in commercial sex after a ledger of sex buyers was found within the massage parlors, and although no officers were directly named, symbols were used to represent an officer in place of their name. As a result of the investigation, two Inglewood officers were fired from the police department.

A local law enforcement respondent to the 2022 National Assessment Survey reported that the city has conducted public education specifically targeting the demand for commercial sex since 2003, conducted web-based reverse stings in the city since 2016, and used cameras used to deter or collect evidence against sex buyers since 2021.

Key Sources

National Assessment Survey, 2022

Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Auto Seizure:

Sex Buyer Fired / Resigned Due to Arrest:

Background on Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State California
Type City
Population 105181
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