Lancaster, CA

Tactics Used

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

Lancaster is a city of approximately 157,000 residents, located Los Angeles County, California, north of the city of Los Angeles. A wide range of local problems are associated with the local commercial sex market, including rapes and multiple homicides of prostituted persons (several of which have been investigated for being the acts of a serial killer specifically targeting prostituted women).  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 johns may be subject to auto seizure and pay substantial fees to recover their vehicles.

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 143616
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