Lennox is a census-designated place of approximately 23,000 residents, located in southeastern Los Angeles County near Inglewood and Hawthorne, California. The community has reported chronic problems with prostitution for several decades. At least one serial killer targeting prostituted women has also operated in Lennox.
To address the issue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department undertook several street-level reverse stings in the late 1980s and early 1990s targeting sex buyers. The operations were often large in scale, at times resulting in the arrests of 50 johns in a single sweep. In 2004, media outlets reported that a neighborhood watch group had organized walks along thoroughfares known for commercial sex sales, wherein residents carried signs that said Pimps Go Home and We’re Telling Your Wife.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Street-Level Reverse Stings:
- “Lennox Sweep Results in 36 Arrests on Charges of Soliciting Prostitution”, Torrance Daily Breeze, February 1 1986.
- “Sex Shoppers Get More than the Bargained For”, Torrance Daily Breeze, March 27 1986.
- “Area Briefs: 25 Charged with Soliciting; Plater Gets Jail Term, Fine”, Torrance Daily Breeze, April 24 1986.
- “Area Briefs: Solicitation Sweep Nets 40; Roof Falls under Firefighters; Couple Found Slain in Home”, Torrance Daily Breeze, September 19 1986.
- “Prostitution Clients Sting in Lennox Nets 40 Arrests”, Torrance Daily Breeze, October 26 1989.
- “Young Suspect Avoids Arrest, 48 Cited in Lennox Sex ‘Sting'”, Torrance Daily Breeze, March 11 1990.
- “43 Arrested in Lennox Sting”, Torrance Daily Breeze, August 31 1990.
- “Prostitution Sweep Nets 55 in Lennox Area”, Torrance Daily Breeze, June 15 1990.
- Neighborhood Action:
- “Neighbors Rail against Prostitutes’ Presence”, Torrance Daily Breeze, January 24 2004.
- Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area: