Lennox, CA

Tactics Used

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

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.

Key Partners

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Key Sources

State California
Type City
Population 22753
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