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Lancaster is a city of approximately 158,000 residents, in Los Angeles County, CA, located just north of the city of Los Angeles. Prostitution and sex trafficking are significant issues in the city. A wide range of problems are associated with the local commercial sex market, including rape and multiple homicides of prostituted persons (several of which have been investigated for being the acts of a serial killer specifically targeting prostituted women).
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. To combat consumer-level demand for commercial sex, the Lancaster Station division of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department conducted its first street-level reverse sting in 1993. Police have conducted at least two additional operations since, using an undercover woman officer as a decoy. Arrested sex buyers may be subject to auto seizure and pay substantial fees to recover their vehicles. For example, in a reverse sting operation in 2004, 32 male sex buyers were arrested and 30 vehicles were impounded.
- “Anti-Prostitution Sweep Aimed at Male Customers”, Daily News of Los Angeles, November 20 1993.
- “Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley: 32 Men, 3 Women Arrested During Prostitution Sweep”, Los Angeles Times, November 20 1993.
- “Crackdown on Prostitution”, Daily News of Los Angeles, September 22 1994.
- “Antelope Valley: Briefly”, Daily News of Los Angeles, September 23 1994.
- “Undercover Prostitution Sting Leads to 23 Arrests”, Daily News of Los Angeles, October 27 1996.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets 21 Arrests”, Daily News of Los Angeles, April 18 1997.
- “Briefly”, Daily News of Los Angeles, March 15 1998.
- “Lancaster Prostitution Sting Nets 11 Arrests”, Antelope Valley Times, June 21 2012.
- https://theavtimes.com/2018/12/19/undercover-sex-sting-in-lancaster-nets-9-arrests/ (2018)
- https://www.avpress.com/human-trafficking-sting-in-lancaster (2018)
- “A.V. Sting Nets 30 Vehicles”, Daily News of Los Angeles, March 23 2004.
- “Cars Returned After Sweep”, Daily News of Los Angeles, May 16 2004.
Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Report Details Sex Acts Before Arrest”, Daily News of Los Angeles, October 23 1990.
- “Vice Squad Policy Revised in Prostitution Cases”, Daily News of Los Angeles, June 21 1991.
- “7 Arrested in Street Prostitution Sweep”, Daily News of Los Angeles, August 5 1993.
- “4 Prostitution Arrests in Street Sweep Bring Total of Women Held to 17”, Daily News of Los Angeles, August 14 1993.
- “Antelope Valley: Briefly”, Daily News of Los Angeles, July 23 1994.
- “Man Given 5 Years for Prostitute Assaults”, Daily News of Los Angeles, February 17 1995.
- “Warrants, Prostitution Sweep Nets 26 Arrests in Lancaster”, Daily News of Los Angeles, April 17 1996.
- “Prostitution Sting Results in Citations”, Daily News of Los Angeles, September 22 1996.
- “Prostitute Deaths Still Unsolved”, Daily News of Los Angeles, March 15 1999.
- “Lancaster Man Sentenced to Life for Sexual Assaults; Crime: Conviction Was the Third Strike for the Construction Worker; Many Victims Were Prostitutes”, Los Angeles Times, January 24 2001.
- “Man Faces Prison in Prostitute’s Rape”, Daily News of Los Angeles, April 26 2001.
- “DNA Ties Suspect to Death of Woman”, Daily News of Los Angeles, November 19 2004.
- “Man Faces 27 Years”, Daily News of Los Angeles, August 7 2006.